Man charged with leaving scene of fatal Center Line accident

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 11, 2014

CENTER LINE — A Warren man has been arrested and charged with driving away from an accident that killed a pedestrian on 11 Mile Road east of Van Dyke late last month.

Anthony Nicholaus Smith, 32, was arraigned before 37th District Court Judge Michael Chupa March 10 on one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a five-year felony.

The Center Line Public Safety Department launched an investigation into the death of 62-year-old Olimbi Losha Feb. 20 after 911 callers reported a body in the curbside lane of eastbound 11 Mile, just east of Van Dyke, at 11:30 p.m. Public Safety Director Paul Myszenski later said Losha was apparently struck and killed as she walked in the roadway from a bus stop on Van Dyke to her home nearby in Warren. Investigators believed Losha was struck from behind between Van Dyke and Evelyn as she walked in the street to avoid accumulated ice and snow on the sidewalk.

An autopsy later revealed that the injuries were caused by a motor vehicle impact. Myszenski said materials gathered at the scene of the accident were sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Costello said the investigation took a turn toward an arrest earlier this month with the assistance of law enforcement agencies in multiple jurisdictions. He said a tipster contacted the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office about a vehicle possibly involved in the fatal collision. Oakland County later contacted investigators in Center Line, who located the vehicle with the help of sheriff deputies in Genesee County.

“He was up in Genesee County where his car was parked at a family member’s home,” Costello said. “They informed us there was a vehicle with fresh damage. They described it. It visually matched what we had collected at the scene of the crash.”

Smith was taken into custody in Genesee County on a misdemeanor warrant out of Shelby Township. Costello said he interviewed Smith at the Shelby Township Police Department March 7 and requested a felony warrant for the hit-and-run based on the evidence.

Smith’s vehicle, a 1996 Dodge Ram truck, was impounded and turned over to the Michigan State Police for further evidentiary analysis. He requested a court-appointed lawyer and remained held in the Macomb County Jail on a $100,000 bond ahead of his next court date, scheduled for March 19 in Center Line.