Car smacks dump truck

(UPDATED Tuesday 10 a.m.) A motorist escaped injury when his car smacked a dump truck late Monday afternoon.
Becky Vargo
Jan 13, 2014

Pierre Francois Gerber, 63, said he was northbound on Third Street just before 5 p.m., and was crossing Columbus Avenue when the vehicles collided and his car spun around.

Don Schmidt , 78, said he was driving his truck east on Columbus when the multi-colored car came into the intersection.

“He never even stopped,” Schmidt said. “He ran right out in front of me.”

Police said Gerber had just left the Fifth Third Bank parking lot, turned north on Third Street and disregarded the stop sign.

Gerber's Cadillac STS struck the front wheel and fuel tank of the Schmidt Bros. Excavating truck.

The front driver side of the car connected with the front passenger side of the truck.

Columbus is a one-way street that goes east and does not stop.

Cross traffic has stop signs.

Police said Gerber was ticketed for running a stop sign.



Hey! I was almost hit by this very car last summer while on my bike. The guy rolled through a stop sign then as well.

No wonder he doesnt want to give his name.


Anyone who knows the vehicle, knows the driver. It's a pretty unique car.


I am glad everyone is ok. I'll miss seeing that fugly thing though.

Former Grandhavenite

I get a bit uneasy every time I see a car cobbled together from all different colored body panels, because it's most likely been in multiple accidents. Chances are that it's been owned by many different drivers over the years, and has it's share of mechanical problems in addition to the body damage. In Michigan (at least last time I sold a car) they don't require an inspection when the title changes hands, so I wouldn't be at all surprised to find the tires, brakes, or other key parts aren't very responsive on an old beater like this. Of course, many older cars are very well maintained and safely driven, but you have to wonder when you see something like this.


I do believe he painted it that way on purpose.

Former Grandhavenite

Ahh, ok. It's a little hard to tell from the picture but now that I look closely you're probably right.


He calls it the Crayola Caddy.

Say no to new taxes

Believe it or not, it came from the factory that way. GM made a limited amount of them to celebrate the Crayola Company's anniversary. I believe it was painted the eight colors that came in the original Crayola box. I'm going to miss seeing it around town, it was unique in its own weird way.


Please...Not, It was painted that way. I have a friend who turned down painting it because it had to be taken apart. Crayola? Good one, see if you can find one on the internet. haha


It has / had a bumpersticker on it that I noticed as we drove by (we went past the accident not long after it happened) that said "Crayola Caddy", but I suppose he could've made that up himself. Dunno.


That driver is very lucky. If he'd pulled into the intersection a fraction of a second sooner. That truck would have hit him in his door with his bumper. And the driver would probably be spending some time in the hospital or worse. Getting hit where he did expended impact energy by spinning the car. But getting T-boned by a big truck is like being hit by a 6 ton wrecking ball.


New front clip, radiator, and probably driver side suspension and he's good to go. Cheaper than a new car. I'd fix it up. I wouldn't drive it but I'd fix it up.

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