Pedestrian struck, killed on Van Dyke

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 10, 2021


WARREN — A 69-year-old man was struck and killed while attempting to cross Van Dyke Avenue in Warren after dark on May 5.

Police confirmed the man was struck by a 2001 Hyundai, which was traveling southbound on Van Dyke. He was hit near Essex Avenue, south of Stephens Road.

The call came in at 9:56 p.m., according to the Warren Fire Department.  

“He was attempting to cross the street but not in a crosswalk,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said. “The driver stated he never saw the pedestrian until he struck him. There was one witness and video surveillance that confirmed the driver’s statement that the victim or pedestrian was crossing the road not using the crosswalk.”

Dwyer said the man lived in Warren. A report from the Warren Fire Department indicated the victim was declared dead at the scene at 10:10 p.m.

The driver, 38, who is also a Warren resident, reportedly blew a .000 on a preliminary breath test but police sought a warrant to obtain a blood sample.

“Based on some probable cause, we asked him to take a blood draw,” Dwyer said. “We obtained a warrant for his blood and the results are pending.”

The driver was not identified, and the investigation remained ongoing at press time.