Shelby Township police are trying to locate the light-colored vehicle at right, possibly a Dodge Challenger, that fatally struck a 21-year-old woman and kept going at the 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads intersection Oct. 1.

Shelby Township police are trying to locate the light-colored vehicle at right, possibly a Dodge Challenger, that fatally struck a 21-year-old woman and kept going at the 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads intersection Oct. 1.

Screenshot from video provided by Shelby Township Police Department


Reward offered to find vehicle that fatally hit pedestrian in Shelby Township

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 16, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department is searching for a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Shelby Township and fled the scene at approximately 10:20 p.m. Oct. 1. 

Shelby Township police and fire personnel responded to a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crash that occurred at the intersection of 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads. The pedestrian was hit by an unknown vehicle traveling on Schoenherr.

Shelby Township Police Detective Lt. Patrick Barnard said the vehicle did not attempt to stop.

“(The) vehicle was traveling (southbound on) Schoenherr Road through the intersection of 23 Mile Road and continued southbound without stopping,” he said in an email.

Barnard said the victim was attempting to cross at the crosswalk after leaving work and was struck.

“The victim was unable to survive her injuries and was found deceased at the scene of the accident,” he said.

A video of the hit-and-run has been located by police. The victim, identified as 21-year-old Shelby Township resident Mya Shaw, had just left work at Burger King, which is located on the southwest corner of the intersection. Surveillance video from a neighboring business shows Shaw attempting to cross Schoenherr Road at the crosswalk. She is then struck by a light-colored vehicle. Police believe that the vehicle is a Dodge Challenger from the model years of 2015-2020. 

Shaw’s family is asking for the community’s help to find the person responsible so that no other family has to experience something like this.

“We are asking if anyone has witnessed this accident or if you have any information on the driver of the vehicle or anything that might be helpful, please call the Shelby Township police,” the family says in a video released through the Shelby Township Police Department Oct. 16.

Burger King Corp., the company Shaw worked for, and the Burger King McLamore Foundation, have paid the expenses for Shaw's funeral. Now, the owner of the franchise where Shaw worked and president of Michigan Multi-King Inc., Anthony Versaci, is offering a $5,000 reward for the information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Tips can be submitted at www.shelbytownshippolice.org or a caller can speak with a detective by calling (586) 731-2121, ext. 3.

Barnard said one witness traveling northbound on Schoenherr stopped and called the police.

Police are asking that any witnesses to the crash, or anyone with additional information, contact the Shelby Township Police Department at (586) 731-2121, ext. 3, or submit a secure tip via the Crimewatch platform at www.shelbytownshippolice.org, or contact Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAKUP.

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