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Nighttime car accident kills pedestrian in Sterling Heights

Tipster helps police track down driver

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published November 12, 2019


Police are trying to figure out why a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle late at night Nov. 8, leading to the man’s death.

According to Sterling Heights police, the accident happened at around 10:14 p.m. near the intersection of M-59/Hall Road and Schoenherr Road. Police said a white Nissan reportedly struck the pedestrian near a crosswalk on Hall Road’s eastbound lanes, by the eastern side of Schoenherr. 

Police said they were in the vicinity of the accident at the time, and the Fire Department was called in to aid in rescue attempts. However, authorities observed “obvious fatal injuries” to the pedestrian —  identified as a 49-year-old Shelby Township man — and declared him deceased at the crash scene. Police reportedly shut down the intersection’s southeastern corner for around three hours while they investigated.

Police said the Nissan allegedly drove away, eastward along Hall, after the pedestrian was hit. However, a tipster reportedly tracked the Nissan and took down its license plate. 

Chesterfield Township police reportedly found the Nissan. Its driver, identified as a 50-year-old Chesterfield resident, is now complying with police.

Police said they later tracked down a black Range Rover that they suspected might’ve been involved somehow in the accident. Police said they currently are ruling out drunken driving or impaired driving as playing roles in the crash, but they continue to examine the evidence.

Sterling Heights police Sgt. Aaron Susalla told the Sentry that police believe that the Range Rover was involved, but the driver stayed at the scene and has been cooperative with the investigation. He added that speeding is also currently being ruled out as a factor in the collision. Instead, he said the lack of lighting could at least partly be responsible for the death.

“It was the visibility that time of night,” he said. “It was low visibility. They are still trying to figure out where the pedestrian was going or coming from.”

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to call the Sterling Heights Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau at  (586) 446-2920.

Call Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at (586) 498-1058.