Hit-and-run driver pretends to be witness, gives statement to police after plowing into pedestrian in Oak Park

Janet Applebaum hit while walking home

Driver posed as witness after Oak Park hit-and-run

OAK PARK, Mich. – A hit-and-run driver who injured a 67-year-old woman in Oak Park pretended to be a witness and even gave a statement to police.

Janet Applebaum was walking home from visiting her elderly mother on Sept. 8. While crossing the intersection of Greenfield and 10 Mile roads, a car plowed into her. Gas station surveillance video shows the crash.

“The first thing I saw was the blood and I didn’t know what was bleeding, and then I couldn’t move my leg. It was flopped behind me,” Applebaum said.

She suffered a broken clavicle, pelvis and leg.

Police believe the driver who hit her stopped and tried to pretend she was a witness to the crash, not the person who caused it.

“I’ve never seen somebody stop, get out of their car, go check on the person and pretend to be a witness, give a witness statement and then disappear,” said Jordan Acker, an attorney.

Applebaum spent a month in the hospital and has a long recovery ahead of her.

Police are still looking for the driver who hit Applebaum. The woman was driving a black late model Buick Regal.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Oak Park police at 248-691-7520.

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