Suspected fatal hit-and-run driver arrested

Police say Davisburg man is responsible for death of a well-known downtown figure

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 25, 2021


BIRMINGHAM — More than nine months after an unknown suspect left the scene of a fatal car accident in downtown Birmingham, police have been able to track down the driver they believe to be responsible.

Investigators have located the suspect vehicle and driver, Steven Fowlow, a 52-year-old man from Davisburg. Fowlow was arraigned in front of Magistrate Julie Nelson-Klein at the 48th District Court for failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death. Nelson-Klein issued a $10,000 cash/surety/10% bond for Fowlow.

According to reports, it was just before 2 a.m. Aug. 8 when someone struck 52-year-old Wesley Stamps, of Southfield, as he was crossing Woodward Avenue, near Forest Avenue, outside of a crosswalk.

Stamps, who died at the scene, was a well-known figure in the Birmingham area. Birmingham Police Chief Mark Clemence said that, while he had a home in Southfield, he chose to live in the downtown Birmingham area.

Investigators were able to determine the make, model and year of the suspect vehicle; police did not disclose the make and model of that vehicle.

“Investigators were able to compile a list of vehicles in Oakland County that matched the description of the suspect vehicle identified by parts at the scene and video surveillance. They then began the process of tracking down all of the vehicles until they located Mr. Fowlow’s vehicle,” said Birmingham Police Cmdr. Scott Grewe.

Grewe said that, when asked about the incident, Fowlow said he believed he had hit a deer while traveling northbound on Woodward. The car was at the back of Fowlow’s property, apparently being repaired.

Fowlow’s attorney, Steve Schwartz, said he’s waiting to review evidence from the Oakland County prosecutor and that he couldn’t comment on behalf of his client until then. Fowlow was scheduled for a preliminary exam to be held via Zoom in front of Judge Marc Barron after the Eagle’s press time.

Before this incident, Birmingham hadn’t reported a fatal car injury since 2012.