WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Police have finally been able to identify a man killed while riding his bicycle during a hit-and-run accident Monday night.
Police were having a hard time identifying him because he did not have any identification on him when he was hit. The man's sister called to report him missing on Tuesday and that helped police identify him.
The 52-year-old riding the bike had been hit by a Saturn Ion so hard, that it knocked the man out of his shoes and cracked the windshield in half. The 47-year-old driver sped off and left the bicyclist who died in the middle of Ryan Road.
“He was very friendly, he always used to want to talk to me and just a very nice guy,” said Hami.
After the driver hit him he continued north on Ryan about a half a mile before he crashed into the curb at the 7-Eleven. He busted a tire and drove the smoking car another few blocks before the Saturn could not be driven anymore. Police say onlookers tried to help the driver but he got out and ran. Police found him and arrested him in the area.
“You know, it’s something you would never want to see, because really, it’s terrible,” said Ann Mill. She lives right in front of where the crash happened. She said the speed limit is too high at 45 mph. Police said the driver of the Saturn had been speeding.
“You’re always seeing accidents and all around. People are driving crazy,” said Hami.
She said there are no street lights here and it is pitch black in the evenings. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Police also believe alcohol is a factor in the crash. They have not given out the name of the victim yet.
The name of the driver suspected in the crash has not been released yet. Charges are being sent to the prosecutor’s office. He will be in court Tuesday for an arraignment.
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