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Police searching for suspect in fatal hit and run in Madison Heights

By: Andy Kozlowski, Annie Bates | Madison - Park News | Published October 31, 2019


MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, the Madison Heights Police Department was asking the public for any tips leading to the vehicle and driver involved in a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a homeless man.

The incident reportedly occurred just before 8 p.m. Oct. 29. The victim is a 54-year-old man who was found lying in the southbound lane of Dequindre Road near Jenifer Avenue.

Multiple citizens had stopped their vehicles to assist the man, and were blocking the roadway to protect him until first responders arrived. However, the vehicle that struck the man had abandoned the scene.

The victim is believed to be homeless, and witnesses told police that the man had been asking for money prior to the incident.

Tips are being sought leading to the identity of the driver who hit him. Failure to stop at the scene of an accident, including a personal injury accident, could result in a variety of charges based upon the results of the investigation.

“If an accident occurs with a vehicle striking a pedestrian, the driver should remain calm, call 911, and stay at the scene offering any assistance that may be needed,” Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke said previously. “Motorists can be caught unaware of pedestrians crossing at other areas (beyond a designated crosswalk).”

Madison Heights Police Chief Corey Haines called the incident “a very tragic situation.”

“Our investigators are working very hard in an attempt to identify the hit-and-run driver,” Haines said. “People should stop and render aid when possible and when it is safe to do so. We would also ask people to stay observant and report anything they witness involving a victim to the police … also to call 911, even if they think someone already has.”

At press time, police were following up on several investigative leads. If you have any information that may aid them in their investigation, call the Madison Heights Police Department at (248) 585-2100.