17-year-old hit & run suspect wanted to talk to mom before calling 911

(WXYZ) - The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that left a 28-year-old man fighting for his life.

It happened early Tuesday morning in Macomb Township.  A 2002 Dodge Intrepid was traveling northbound on Garfield and the driver struck the man at 21 Mile Road.

The driver left the scene after the crash.

Another motorist found the injured man lying in the roadway at 12:40am.  He blocked the road in front of the victim and called 9-1-1 for help.

About an hour later, Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says the suspected hit and run driver then gave his office a call.  A 17-year-old girl said she had hit the man.

Deputies arrested and questioned her.  She allegedly told them she drank vodka before getting behind the wheel with friends.

“She did pull over the in parking lot there because she had two occupants in the car,” said Sheriff Wickersham. “One told her she should call 9-1-1 immediately, and she drove home because she wanted to talk to her mother.”

The sheriff says she clearly should have stopped and immediately called 9-1-1 for help.  She was held for a short time and then released. The prosecutor’s office is expected to file charges once toxicology reports and other evidence is compiled.

The injured man was treated at a local hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Detroit. He remains in critical condition.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Macomb County Sheriff's Office at (586) 307-9412.

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