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Woman, 80, dies in hit-and-run crash

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 10, 2020


STERLING HEIGHTS —  An elderly pedestrian died while crossing Ryan Road after a car struck her the evening of Jan. 9, police said.

According to investigators, an 80-year-old Sterling Heights woman was walking at about 6:32 p.m. across Ryan Road south of Metropolitan Parkway when a red Ford Fusion hit her.

Police and fire rescuers rushed to the scene and closed that portion of Ryan for more than two hours in order to investigate. Investigators described the victim’s fatal injuries as “obvious” and concluded that the woman had been walking from east to west at a place that neither had a crosswalk nor a traffic light.

Police said the Fusion did not stay at the scene, but left. Troy police reportedly soon found the vehicle when it got involved in another crash. The driver, only described as a 58-year-old Sterling Heights resident, was arrested. Police are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol played any roles in the crash with the pedestrian.  

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau by calling (586) 446-2920.