Suspect questioned in fatal pedestrian accident

By: Terry Oparka | Online Only | Published January 21, 2011

Thanks to an anonymous tip, a suspect has been questioned and released pending further investigation after a hit-and-run crash left a 76-year-old Oakland Township man dead just before 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19.

The man reportedly lost the load he was carrying in his pickup truck and was struck when he stepped into the roadway on Dequindre, just north of Long Lake, to retrieve the items. The vehicle that struck him kept going.

Police received the anonymous tip at 4 p.m. Jan. 19, and officers located a suspect vehicle in the parking lot of the Kroger store at 18 Mile and Dequindre in Sterling Heights that matched the damage described by witnesses of the accident.

Police said they found part of the deceased man's watchband on the windshield wiper and impounded the vehicle. Police identified and questioned the owner at Troy Police Headquarters, then released the suspect pending further investigation.

According to reports, the victim, Vincent Thomas Alvaro was traveling southbound on Dequindre, at Long Lake, when flooring material carried in the back of his pickup truck came loose and landed in the roadway. He turned his truck around, stopped in the northbound center turn lane with his hazard lights on, walked into the roadway and bent over to pick up the fallen material, Troy police Lt. Bob Redmond said.

He was struck in the left southbound lane by what witnesses said was a ’97 to 2003 black Ford F-150 pickup traveling southbound on Dequindre. Alvaro suffered extensive injuries and was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital, Troy.

Reports indicate that the vehicle that struck Alvaro now has front-end damage and a knocked-out left headlight from the incident.

Witnesses said that the vehicle continued southbound on Dequindre, then was seen traveling eastbound on Long Lake.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them at (248) 524-3427.