Hit-and-run suspect turns himself in

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published August 17, 2018

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HARPER WOODS — A Lynn Township man turned himself in to authorities in connection to a hit-and-run incident that took place in Harper Woods Aug. 9.

At approximately 2:55 p.m. Aug. 9, a 53-year-old Harper Woods resident was crossing at the Harper Avenue and Bournemouth Street crosswalk when a vehicle traveling northbound on Harper struck him. The driver of the vehicle stopped briefly, then backed up and fled the scene through a nearby parking lot. 

Paramedics took the resident to a local hospital, where he was still listed in serious condition as of Aug. 15.

Harper Woods Department of Public Safety officers immediately began a search for the vehicle, which was described as a green mid-1990s Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Series pickup truck with a single cab and an aluminum toolbox in the bed. Investigators also reported that the truck had suffered front-end damage as a result of the collision. 

On the evening of Aug. 10, after the information had been released to the public, a suspect turned himself in. Harper Woods officers would later recover the vehicle that police believe was involved in the crime.

“We gave the information to the news media, who put it out there. This guy must have seen how it was only a matter of time until someone recognized the car, so he turned himself in Friday night (Aug. 10) at the Detroit Detention Center. They called us, and we picked him up,” said Harper Woods Department of Public Safety Director James Burke. “The victim is still in serious condition (as of Aug. 13). We’re hoping and praying he’ll be OK. Hopefully, we’ll get some justice for the family.”

The suspect was identified as 40-year-old Michael P. McNabney. He was arraigned Aug. 13 before Magistrate Daniel Duggan in 32-A District Court. McNabney was charged by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office with one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death — which is a five-year felony if convicted — and one count of habitual offender-fourth offense — which could cause the first count to increase to a potential life sentence.

Duggan set bond at $75,000 cash or surety with conditions of a GPS home tether and random drug testing if bond is posted. A probable cause conference was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 22, and a preliminary examination has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 29, both at 1:30 p.m. in 32-A District Court. 

McNabney’s lawyer, Susan Dunn, did not wish to comment on the case.