Falling Tree Causes Tragic Accident in White Lake
Witnesses tell police falling tree was unavoidable.
Kerry Benjamin Schultz, 23, of West Bloomfield died Sunday after a falling tree hit his SUV causing him to lose control of the vehicle and go off the road.
The accident occurred at Pontiac Lake Road near Margie in White Lake Saturday at 3 p.m.
White Lake Police Chief Edward Harris said Schultz was traveling westbound down Pontiac Lake Road when a tree fell across the roadway and struck the roof of the SUV Schultz was driving.
"He lost control of the vehicle and it went off the road into a ravine," Harris said.
Police and fire responded and had to extricate Schultz from the vehicle. He was transported to Doctors' Hospital in Pontiac and, according to Harris, died Sunday as a result of the injuries.
"It's such a tragic accident, I can't even imagine," Harris said. "Witnesses told us the tree was unavoidable, there was nothing anyone could do."
Harris said it's unclear why the tree fell when it did.
Police vehicle struck during investigation
While police were on the scene investigating the accident, a 59-year-old man from Waterford struck one of the police cars blocking off the road.
Harris said the man was arrested by police after it was discovered the man was intoxicated. A preliminary breath test administered at the scene showed the man had a blood alcohol level of .29. He was arrested and taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. He was released from the hospital later that night and lodged in Oakland County Jail. There were no other injuries.
The man, David William Anderson, was arraigned Sunday and charged with operating while under the influence, second offense, and is currently being held on a $25,000 bond, according to Harris.