Suspect in fatal I-94 hit and run turns himself in

Construction worker killed

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 23, 2020

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UPDATE: Michigan State Police reported that a suspect had turned himself into the St. Clair Shores Police Department around 2 p.m. Sept. 23. Detectives have interviewed the suspect, a 51-year-old man from Harper Woods, who was in police custody as of Sept. 23. Pending the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be sent to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office for review. 

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Michigan State Police have located the vehicle involved in a  hit-and-run accident that killed a Macomb County Department of Roads employee Sept. 21 on Interstate 94.

Michigan State Police troopers were dispatched to I-94 near Nine Mile Road in St. Clair Shores around 3 p.m. Sept. 21 after Macomb County Department of Roads employee Zach Morisette, 26, of Chesterfield Township, was allegedly struck and killed by a vehicle that then fled the scene of the crash.

According to tweets from Michigan State Police Metro Detroit, Morisette was near an orange road service vehicle when the crash occurred.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel identified Morisette Sept. 22, saying their “hearts and our thoughts and our prayers are with Zach’s family, his friends, his loved ones.”

In a video released on Twitter, Hackel said Morisette had only been with the county for six months before the “tragic incident.”

“It’s the thing we worry most about when they’re out on the road,” he said. “This is something that we’re going to continue to try to figure out, how did this happen, internally as well as externally.”

On Sept. 23, Michigan State Police said “great work by troopers, detectives and the public” led to them locating the suspect vehicle involved in the accident. 

“This investigation is moving quickly and we will continue to keep the public informed as it moves forward,” Michigan State Police Metro Detroit wrote on its Twitter account at 9 a.m. Sept. 23. “If you are the driver of that vehicle, call us or come in to the post so we can resolve this crash.”

State Police said they have developed leads into the identity of the driver, but were hoping the suspect would turn themself in. Hackel identified the vehicle as being a white box truck and asked anyone “that has even the smallest bit of information please call the Michigan State Police.”

Anyone with information should call (313) 237-2450 or leave a tip using the Michigan State Police mobile app. 

“This is a terrible tragedy, one that really has hit home with us,” Hackel said. 

He asked drivers to please exercise extra caution when traveling in construction zones. 

“Please slow down, be mindful of your driving habits, keep your eyes on the road, don’t get distracted,” he said. “Even for those who are working in public safety, we need to keep those folks safe.”