Man accused of killing teen in 2023 hit-and-run bound over to circuit court

By: Brian Wells | Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 3, 2024

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ROSEVILLE — A Warren man who allegedly killed a teenager in a hit-and-run crash in Roseville last August has been bound over to circuit court.

Justin Spangle, 43, was bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court Jan. 24.

At approximately 4:25 a.m. Aug. 18, 2023, Spangle allegedly hit the victim, a 14-year-old boy from Warren who had autism and had been walking on the on-ramp from Groesbeck Highway to eastbound Interstate 696.

The victim died from his injuries.

Spangle allegedly fled the scene but was located four days later after what Michigan State Police called a “systemic search.”

“A systemic search near the crash led detectives to the suspect vehicle and eventually the 43-year-old driver from Warren,” Michigan State Police said in a social media post dated Aug. 23. “Through the investigation it was determined the vehicle was uninsured and the driver suspended.”

Spangle is facing charges of driving while license suspended causing death, a 15-year felony; tampering with evidence, a 10-year felony; and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, a five-year felony.

He was bound over by Roseville District Court Judge Alyia Hakim, who also granted a request to remove Spangle’s GPS tether. A GPS tether was ordered as a condition of his bond, which was posted on Aug. 29, according to court records.

Spangle’s attorney, Michael Dennis, did not return a request for comment.

“These alleged actions demand accountability,” Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said in a prepared statement. “Our commitment is to pursue justice for the victim’s family.”

Spangle is scheduled to be arraigned in Macomb County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 by Judge Jennifer Faunce.