Police search for driver involved in fatal hit-and-run crash

Reward offered for information leading to arrest of driver

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 9, 2022

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ROCHESTER HILLS — The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is hoping that the public may have information to help identify the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened Saturday, Oct. 29, in Rochester Hills.

Deputies believe the driver of an Audi Q7 hit 30-year-old Sarah Ratliff, of Davison, as the car was entering westbound M-59 from Adams Road at approximately 2:21 a.m., then fled the scene.

According to reports, Ratliff died a short time later at a hospital.

The hit-and-run crash, deputies said, happened minutes after an altercation in a separate vehicle between two men.

Ratliff was a passenger in a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when a male passenger in the back seat allegedly attempted to choke the driver as the truck was headed westbound on M-59.

The driver of the truck, a 31-year-old man from Otter Lake, reportedly stopped the truck in an area off M-59, near the on-ramp onto M-59 from Adams Road, and he and Ratliff fled.

Ratliff was then struck by the driver of the Audi, about 100 feet from the truck, according to reports.

The Audi is an unknown color and is believed to be model year 2017-2019. Deputies said it has front-end damage, which likely includes damage to the lower portion of the front grille.

“It’s absolutely unconscionable that a person could run over another human being and drive off like nothing happened,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement. “We need the public’s help to hold this individual accountable.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP. Crime Stoppers pays a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters remain anonymous.

A 41-year-old man from Metamora — who police say tried to choke the driver of the Silverado from the back seat — was arrested. He identified himself as Ratliff’s boyfriend. Kyle Garrett Rasmussen was arraigned in 52nd District Court-3rd Division for assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation. His bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety or 10%. Rasmussen did not have an attorney on file at press time.

Anyone with information on the crash or the vehicle involved can call the Sheriff’s Office at (248) 858-4954.