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Man, 58, killed after hitting pole on 28th Street

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 58-year-old motorist was killed early Friday when his vehicle crossed the center lane of 28th Street SE and stuck a utility pole near Kalamazoo Avenue.

The crash occurred about 2:38 a.m. as Jack Louis Palecki was travelling west on 28th Street at a high rate of speed and crossed the eastbound lanes, striking a pole on the south side of the road in front of a Meijer store.

The impact knocked down the utility pole. Utility crews were called out to tend to downed power lines while police blocked off 28th Street between Kalamazoo and Eastern avenues. Police closed the intersection for several hours, but it reopened for Black Friday shoppers about 7:30 a.m.

Grand Rapids police are asking people with information on the crash to call the department at (616) 456-3771 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

The accident is the second fatality in Kent County on Friday. A pedestrian crossing Alpine Avenue NW in the direction of two major retailers was struck and killed by a pickup truck about 6:15 a.m. The victim is identified as 50-year-old Shannon Baird of Grand Rapids.

Statewide, at least five people have died on Michigan roads this holiday weekend through noon Friday, including a truck driver killed when his rig rolled over Thursday morning on the eastbound M-6 ramp to northbound U.S. 131. The driver was identified as 38-year-old Duane McDonald of Norfolk, Virginia.

Thanksgiving is the second deadliest holiday in Michigan for traffic crashes. In 2014, there were six traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday, which was a significant decrease from 12 deaths that occurred during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to Michigan State Police. Last year recorded the lowest number of fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday period in more than 40 years.