Police search for Jeep after pedestrian hit-and-run death

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 14, 2019


Sterling Heights police are searching for a driver who fatally struck a pedestrian along Dequindre Road and then fled the scene Oct. 13. 

A tipster told police at around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 that a man was lying in Dequindre Road, north of Metropolitan Parkway. The tipster believed a vehicle had struck the victim, who was later identified as a 45-year-old Sterling Heights man.

Police found the victim seriously injured in a northbound lane, but the vehicle that had struck him apparently had fled. Although the Sterling Heights Fire Department treated the man on-site and transported him to Beaumont Hospital, Troy, the man reportedly died from his injuries. 

Dequindre was shut down for about three hours for an investigation. Officers concluded that the pedestrian had been trying to cross from west to east when a northbound vehicle hit him. The area does not have a crosswalk and is not well-lit, police added.

Sterling Heights police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said pedestrians and drivers need to pay more attention to what is going on while using the roads.

“Anytime that a pedestrian is attempting to cross a main intersection, they should always use the crosswalk and the timed lights,” he said. “There is a time to proceed and there’s a time not to proceed.”

Bastianelli added that it’s a good idea for pedestrians walking at night to wear light-colored or reflective clothing in order to be more visible.

The lieutenant said he didn’t know whether the vehicle was speeding at the time of the accident.

“Our traffic officers are doing a full investigation,” he added.

Police said they have not found the vehicle involved, though evidence at Dequindre led police to think a 2017 or 2018 black Jeep Grand Cherokee was involved.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department by calling (586) 446-2920.

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