Police looking for drivers in two hit-and-runs in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 4, 2020

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two teenagers were hit by vehicles while riding their bicycles July 31.

St. Clair Shores Police Department Traffic Lt. Joseph Heythaler said that both teens had the right of way when they were struck by motorists who then left the scenes of the accidents.

At around 7:15 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was crossing Harper Avenue in the crosswalk at Martin Road when he was struck by a blue Jeep, possibly a Cherokee, that was traveling southbound on Harper Avenue.

The teen told police the vehicle then continued driving southbound on Harper Avenue after hitting him.

“The 16-year-old did have some scrapes and scratches on him and had some damage to his bike,” Heythaler said.

He said police are not sure if the driver ran a red light or not, but the teen said he had the right of way. Police did not locate any other witnesses in the area at the time.

“We’re just trying to find anything; if there’s any cameras in the area, we’ll look for anything like that, that could possibly help us,” he said.

Later that same night, around 7:55 p.m., a 14-year-old girl was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk on the east side of Jefferson Avenue, heading southbound across a business driveway near Maple Street, when a driver turned from northbound Jefferson Avenue into the driveway and struck the girl on the bike.

“The driver of the vehicle turned around in the parking lot, got out, checked his vehicle, and then left,” Heythaler said.

The girl said the driver was a white man in his 50s or 60s driving a small, boxy SUV. She didn’t sustain any injuries.

Heythaler said both drivers could be cited for leaving the scene of a property damage accident or an injury accident, plus a failure to yield.

“Both of the bicyclists had the right of way; obviously, it’s no different than driving, you have to be aware of other people,” he said. “It’s more the motorists have to be aware of the bicyclists. They’re hard to see sometimes, so they have to be more aware of them.”

Anyone with any information as to the drivers or vehicles driven are asked to call the St. Clair Shores Police Traffic Bureau at (586) 445-5333.