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Shelby Township police looking for help in finding hit-and-run suspect

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 2, 2019


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department is looking for any witnesses who might have seen a serious motorcycle crash that occurred at approximately 11:10 p.m. July 31.

According to the department, the initial investigation has determined that a 26-year-old man was riding a motorcycle on eastbound 21 Mile Road, just west of Hayes Road. Police said that the driver of the motorcycle then rear-ended a 2011 Ford Fusion. As a result of this crash, the driver riding the motorcycle was thrown to the ground. 

According to the Shelby Township Police Department, witnesses stated that while the man was on the ground in the roadway, a dark-colored SUV ran over him and fled the scene.

The dark-colored SUV was last seen heading eastbound on 21 Mile. 

The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and remained in critical condition as of Aug. 2, according to police.

“The victim and his family deserve to know what transpired. Accidents happen, but fleeing the scene is heartless, the young man was critically injured and needed help. Only the driver of the SUV can let us (know) why he/she did not stop to identify or render aid,” Shelby Township Police Captain Jason Schmittler stated in an email.

Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact Sgt. Mark Benedettini at (586) 731-2121, ext. 483.

“There were other vehicles and people near the scene when the dark-colored SUV ran over the motorcyclist, so anyone that thinks they may have seen anything, please contact the Shelby Township Police Department to help further our investigation,” Benedettini said in an email.