Crime Stoppers offers cash reward in fatal hit-and-run

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 16, 2016

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SOUTHFIELD — Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run last month.

Southfield Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia said previously in a news release that at around 2:50 a.m. Feb. 23, a woman was walking on westbound Eight Mile Road, between Southfield and Evergreen roads, when she was struck and killed by a vehicle.

After striking the woman, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene southbound on Evergreen Road, south of Eight Mile.

Loussia said police do not have any information on a description of the suspect, but they believe the vehicle, possibly dark-colored, may have significant front-end damage caused by the accident, he said.

On March 11, Crime Stoppers of Michigan announced that the driver of a white semi-truck is wanted for questioning. The truck is described as possibly a Volvo, without a load.

“It is believed that the driver of the semi might have witnessed the accident and probably dragged the victim afterward,” Shirley Schuler, communications manager of Crime Stoppers of Michigan, said in a news release.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the driver of the dark-colored vehicle or the driver of the white semi is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, or (800) 773-2587. All tips are handled anonymously.

In a previous report, Schuler said that upon calling, tip information is put into a form. Then the caller is assigned a tip number. Crime Stoppers does not use caller ID and does not ask for tipsters’ names.

Schuler said in the release that tips can also be texted in by typing the letters “CSM” and the tip to 274637, or CRIMES.

If a tip leads to an arrest, tipsters will be asked to meet at a safe location to collect their reward, Schuler said in the release.

Police identified the woman as Lashawn Renee Dawson, 44, of Detroit.

In the release, Loussia said that the woman did not have identification on her at the time of the incident.

The Southfield Police Department is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

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