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

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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