Suspect in hit-and-run that killed pregnant Southgate mother given $2M bond
SOUTHGATE, Mich. – Raymond John Alkewich, 31, is accused of killing a pregnant Southgate mother in a hit-and-run incident Saturday. He was arraigned Tuesday and was charged with failure to stop at scene of an accident resulting in death. Her family knows the arraignment won’t bring her back, but they’re hoping it’s a step in the right direction for the grieving family. It’s believed that over the weekend, Alkewich ran a light and struck Strother, who was crossing the street, and then kept on driving. The court is going to assess a $2 million bond,” said Judge Elisabeth Mullins.
Candlelight vigil held for pregnant woman killed in Southgate hit-and-run
SOUTHGATE, Mich. – A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night to remember 35-year-old Jessica Strother, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Southgate. “I tried to reach and I couldn’t get her in time and she just got hit. It’s unclear what led to the accident taking place but Johnson said the driver of the vehicle didn’t even try to stop. AdA vigil was held in the exact same place where Jessica was killed, near the intersection of Fort and Superior streets. I didn’t think that it even happened.
Reward offered for information in deadly hit-and-run in Wayne
WAYNE, Mich. – Nine years after Chris Lentz was killed in a hit-and-run on New Year’s Day on 2011. The person responsible has still not come forward. The collision happened at about 3 a.m. near the intersection of Merriman and Van Born roads in Wayne. A $2,500 reward for information is still available. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.
MDOT urges drivers to slow down, put phones away after fatal crashes
That’s why the Michigan Department of Transportation is urging residents to slow down and pay attention in work zones. Erben is a construction manager with MDOT and he knows he can’t stop drivers from using their phones when they drive, but he’s asking that they at least put them away in construction zones. We’ve all seen folks texting on the phones while driving,” Erben said. Jeremy Zeitz was struck and killed while working on Sherwood Highway over I-69 in Eaton County. “It’s a pretty tight-knit community so when one road worker gets killed, then we all know about it,” said Erben.
Harper Woods man arraigned in connection with fatal hit-and-run on I-94
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – Martin Dwayne Smith, a 51-year-old man from Harper Woods, was arraigned Friday afternoon in connection with a fatal hit-and-run on I-94 Monday. Zachery Morisette, a 26-year-old Macomb County Department of Roads employee, was struck and killed while replacing a manhole cover on I-94 near Nine Mile Road in Macomb County. Smith was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault, resulting in death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident, resulting in serious impairment or death. Both are felony charges. He was given a $25,000 bond and is expected to return to court Oct. 9.
’He was the best guy I knew’ -- Family mourns construction worker killed in hit-and-run on I-94
“He was a true, genuine good guy and a family man,” said his brother, Rodney Morisette. “He was the best guy I knew.”The family spoke to Local 4 on the way to the medical examiner’s office. “They’ll never know the void and the heartache that they caused my family,” Rodney Morisette said. “We’ll never get over this.”His family said Zach Morisette loved his niece and nephews. It’s just despicable,” Rodney Morisette said.
Birmingham police investigating fatal hit-and-run on Woodward Avenue
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run that happened near the intersection of Woodward and Forest avenues in Birmingham. According to authorities, the crash happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday when a 40-year-old man from Southfield was crossing Woodward Avenue. Police said a vehicle -- believed to be a dark colored Chevrolet Traverse -- traveling northbound struck the man, briefly stopped, then fled the scene eastbound on Maple Road. Police said the man was not using a crosswalk at the time. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Birmingham Police Department at 248-530-1870 or 248-530-1770.