Motorcyclist killed in Eastpointe hit-and-run crash

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 6, 2019

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Police Department is searching for an individual who might have been involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a motorcyclist dead.

Investigators said the crash happened at approximately 11 p.m. Sept. 5 on 10 Mile Road, near Dale Avenue, which is east of Hayes Avenue. Police said the victim, Irvin Smith, 45, of Warren, was traveling westbound on 10 Mile Road.

“The only thing we know is the individual was on his motorcycle traveling westbound on 10 Mile and there was some kind of impact,” explained Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib Sept. 6. “We are still searching for video or witnesses. We don’t know if a car hit him or he was traveling at excess speeds and he hit another car. We are still obtaining more facts.”

Smith was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead, police said. 

The Eastpointe police released a description of a woman who was believed to be the driver of the other vehicle, but upon further investigation, it turned out to be a good Samaritan who was attempting to help after seeing the accident.

“She was one of the individuals who turned back and called 911. She drove off afterward, which made some other witnesses think she was the person driving the other vehicle. The vehicle that was involved was a dark-colored SUV though. All we know right now is that the motorcyclist accelerated and made contact with a vehicle, the other vehicle lifted up and the motorcyclist fell off and slid almost 300 feet.”

The Eastpointe Police Department asks anyone with information on the matter to contact it at (586) 445-5100.  

“We’re checking local collision shops to see if this individual tries to turn their car in for repair and following up on leads,” Rouhib said. “It’s possible the other vehicle may have orange paint marks on it from where it made contact with the motorcycle.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.