Victim identified in hit-and-run incident on 12 Mile

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published February 14, 2018

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Police have released the name of the victim in a recent hit-and-run incident on 12 Mile Road, near Dequindre Road. At press time, they were still searching for the driver. 

Gwendolyn Alisha Henderson, 37, of Warren, was struck and killed at 6:33 p.m. Feb. 3 while crossing East 12 Mile Road, just west of Dequindre, in Madison Heights. 

According to Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke, the striking vehicle fled the scene eastbound on 12 Mile Road, past Dequindre and into the city of Warren. Witnesses told police that the vehicle was a newer-model, full-size pickup truck that was dark in color. Vehicle debris at the scene indicated that the pickup may be a 2005 to 2008 full-size Dodge Ram with damage to the front driver’s side grill. The truck may also have a missing driver’s side headlight and housing unit. 

“The pedestrian in this incident, like many others, was crossing the road and not utilizing the crosswalk and traffic signal,” Siladke said. “Motorists can be caught unaware of pedestrians crossing at other areas. … If for some reason the driver is involved in an accident, they should stop at the scene and attempt to render aid after calling 911.”

City Councilman David Soltis said he saw the aftermath of the incident. He noted the many pedestrian injuries and fatalities that have occurred in the Dequindre area, not far from where this latest incident occurred on 12 Mile.

“It’s tragic,” Soltis said. “Throughout the city, this keeps happening. It’s a public health crisis, and we have to get to the root causes, and we have to stop victim-blaming. It disproportionately happens in the Dequindre area, and we have to find out why.” 

Where Dequindre is concerned, City Manager Ben Myers said it’s under the jurisdiction of the Macomb County Department of Roads. However, the city would like to work with Warren to improve crosswalks and lighting in the area. 

The city has made physical improvements to barrier-free ramps on its side of the road, and has visited businesses on both sides of Dequindre to ask them to add signs promoting crosswalks. The city’s Traffic Safety Committee has also been studying pedestrian safety on Dequindre from 11 Mile to 13 Mile roads.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Madison Heights police at (248) 585-2100.