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Man, 81, cited for series of crashes

Fritz hits two vehicles, cement wall during trip

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 3:27 p.m. CDT

Morris police cited a Morris man Thursday for a series of crashes that took place on Division Street.

According to the crash report, before the incident, Adam J. Fleetwood, 32, of 3665 Dixon Drive, was driving a 2004 Chevy Silverado south in the 1300 block of Division Street, in the east lane. A 2011 Chevy Silverado driven by Lori A. Rickmon, 50, of 1810 W. Naomi Drive was driving in the same block, traveling south in the west lane.

Fleetwood told police he was traveling when out of the corner of his eye he saw a 1993 Dodge Dakota driven by Erich Fritz, 81, of 926 Douglas Street, which was traveling north in the east lane of Division Street, drive straight at him, wesbound, and crash into his driver’s side rear tire and quarter panel areas.

Fleetwood’s vehicle was spun around by the impact and came to a final rest facing northbound Division Street, in the turning lane. He said he saw Fritz continue north and strike Rickmon’s vehicle, then back up and went around her vehicle and left the scene.

Rickmon’s story matched his, adding that Fritz continued north after the first collision, striking her vehicle’s front. She recognized Fritz as an old neighbor. 

A witness who wrote down Fritz’s registration number told police he was traveling behind him during the incident.

The witness said prior to the incident, Fritz was traveling slower than traffic, then sped up and approached a slower-moving vehicle at the stoplight at High Street. Fritz reportedly quickly approached, abruptly braked, then appeared to accelerate rapidly and lost control of the vehicle as he left the roadway in the east lane, striking a cement wall and richocheting back into the southbound lanes, where the two collisions took place.

Police checked the registration and met with Fritz’s family member at his home, who said he was at Walmart.

Officers located him in the parking lot, with front end and rear bumper damage to his vehicle.

He reportedly told police he didn’t know he was in a crash and did not remember hitting anyone.

No injuries were reported in the series of crashes, and Fritz was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle damage.

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