Man killed on motorcycle and passenger injured in Eastpointe

Police believe that driver who hit them was drunk

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 18, 2021

 Bradley Ruff, 64, of Eastpointe, reportedly was declared dead at the scene of a motorcycle crash in Eastpointe Aug. 15. The driver who allegedly hit Ruff and his wife, Patricia Ruff, is facing several charges.

Bradley Ruff, 64, of Eastpointe, reportedly was declared dead at the scene of a motorcycle crash in Eastpointe Aug. 15. The driver who allegedly hit Ruff and his wife, Patricia Ruff, is facing several charges.

Photos of Bradley Ruff and Patricia Ruff provided by Hamtramck Review

 Patricia Ruff, 58, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. She and her husband are well known in Hamtramck, where they owned a bar.

Patricia Ruff, 58, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. She and her husband are well known in Hamtramck, where they owned a bar.

 Compton

Compton

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EASTPOINTE — A man was killed and his wife was critically injured in a motorcycle crash with an allegedly drunken driver who reportedly blew through a stop sign on a side street near Nine Mile and Kelly roads in Eastpointe Aug.15.

Eric Jermaine Compton, 39, of Eastpointe, has been arraigned in the 38th District Court on a list of charges including operating with a high blood alcohol content causing death and serious injury, and failure to stop at the scene of a fatal accident when at fault.

A Facebook release posted by the Eastpointe Police and Fire Department Aug. 17 stated that first responders were dispatched to the intersection of Holland and Rosalind avenues at 7:31 p.m. the evening of the crash.  

Eastpointe police have not released the names of the victims, but sources have identified them as Bradley and Patricia Ruff, of Eastpointe.

Bradley Ruff, 64, was reportedly declared dead at the scene. Patricia Ruff, 58, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. 

According to the Eastpointe release on Facebook, Compton allegedly fled the scene of the crash in another vehicle that had been following him. He reportedly did not stop to render aid to the victims. Eastpointe police arrested him soon after without incident. 

Police said it appeared as if Compton disregarded a stop sign and struck the side of the motorcycle. Alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor, according to the release. 

The charges filed against Compton in the 38th District Court noted the presence of a prior conviction for drunken driving. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.   

Attorney Derrick E. George, who is representing Compton, declined to comment on his client’s behalf at this time, pending a chance to review the facts of the case and any available evidence.

Charles Sercombe, editor of Hamtramck Review, said Bradley and Patricia Ruff were “fixtures in Hamtramck.” He said they were “just wonderful hosts” at Kelly’s Bar on Holbrook Street, where a group of friends and patrons reportedly gathered on Aug. 17 to remember Bradley Ruff. 

“Part of the fabric of the community. It’s just shocking,” Sercombe said. “Everyone is just devastated by this news. They had just retired and we were hoping for the best for them, and this awful thing happened.”

Compton remained held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $750,000 cash or surety. His next scheduled court hearing, a probable cause conference, was scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 31.

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