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Somerset man injured after striking doors, gravestone

The result of the car wash door after Michael Tait drove through it. (Submitted photo by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department) 1 / 2
The wrought iron fence Tait drove through. 2 / 2

A Somerset man was visibly injured last month after his vehicle crashed through a car wash door, drove through a cemetery and struck a light post.

According to the accident report, Michael D. Tait, 66, 450 Reed Street, was in the drive-through car wash at the Super America station around 10:18 a.m., November 11. He told St. Croix County deputies he had a diabetic reaction which caused him to accelerate through the closed overhead car wash door. He continued across the parking lot, through the Hillside Cemetery chain link fence knocking over a gravestone, through the wrought iron fence onto Main Street a light post with an attached speed monitor, into the EZ Living Apartments lot, then through a shrub and wooden post, and coming to rest after striking two legally parked vehicles owned by Adrian A. Pasaret, 48, 470 Main Street, No. 2, Somerset and a vehicle owned by Stillwater Motors. Tait told deputies the next day he just switched insulin that morning per his doctor’s instructions and didn’t remember anything after the car wash brushes started.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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