Warrant issued in death of bicyclist on Gratiot Avenue

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published October 31, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A warrant has been issued for a suspect in the case of a fatal hit-and-run involving a bicyclist in Clinton Township.


According to Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle, the incident occurred Sept. 24 at approximately 10:05 p.m. Jessica Anderson, 39, of Clinton Township, was reportedly riding her bicycle northbound in the crosswalk on Gratiot Avenue, across eastbound Metropolitan Parkway, when she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Metropolitan Parkway.


The suspected driver of the vehicle is a 28-year-old Clinton Township woman, who allegedly fled the scene without stopping to render aid or check on Anderson’s condition.

Anderson was transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital, in Mount Clemens, where Maierle said she was “dead on arrival” due to injuries from the crash.


On the night of the incident, Clinton Township officers conducted a full investigation with their crash investigation team. At 7:30 a.m. the next day, Sept. 25, the suspected driver reportedly walked into the Clinton Township Police Department and admitted to striking Anderson.


Maierle said the suspect was booked, wrote her own statement relaying what happened, and then her vehicle was impounded. She was then released from custody pending a complete accident investigation, as well as a review by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.


On Oct. 31, the prosecutor’s office issued a warrant for her arrest on the basis of failing to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in serious impairment or death — a possible five-year felony charge.


While surveillance cameras were in the vicinity, Maierle said none of them were facing the scene of the incident. There were also no reported witnesses. It’s unclear whether the victim or the suspect actually had the right of way.


“We don’t know,” Maierle said. “That’s the issue, because did the victim have a green light or was (the suspect) crossing on a green light?”


At press time, the suspect was not yet in custody. However, Maierle noted that she was released pending issuance, and her attorney had been properly contacted. She is expected to be arraigned in 41-B District Court, in Clinton Township, in the near future.