Distracted driving was apparently the cause of a wreck Saturday afternoon, June 10, in Jackson, which resulted in a long section of fencing being knocked down alongside the Jackson High School baseball field, Haller Field, on Huron Street.
Jackson Police report the single-vehicle wreck occurred at 3:44 p.m. when a westbound pickup truck driven by Donald Hinkle, 53, of 69 Ermine Road, Beaver, drove off the right side of the road as it was passing alongside Haller Field east of the Vaughn Street intersection.
The truck went off the side of the road, ran into the chain-link fence which serves as a barrier between the road and the ballfield. The fence got tangled underneath the truck and Hinkle had problems disengaging and wound up knocking or pulling down about 120 feet of fencing, but did not do any damage to any of the facilities inside the fence.
Hinkle, who was not injured, told officers he was attempting to light a cigarette and did not realize his truck had drifted off the road until it struck the fence. Police also determined the license plate on the pickup truck was registered to a different vehicle, Hinkle said he had just traded vehicles and had a signed title for the former owner, but it had not been filled out or notarized.
Police charged Hinkle with Failure To Control and Fictitious Tags and impounded the pickup truck.
Jackson City School District officials, including Jackson High School Athletic Director Bob Kight, Superintendent of Schools Phil Howard and Assistant Superintendent Joe Hemsley were all on the scene shortly after the wreck to inspect the damages and to temporarily secure the area.