Macomb County Sheriffs arrest man in fatal hit and run of 25-year-old woman

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Sheriffs have arrested a 30-year-old man in the fatal hit and run of a 25-year-old woman Thursday night.

Melanie James was riding her bike after leaving her shift at a Subway restaurant along Gratiot in the Village of New Haven when she was struck by a 1990 Geo Tracker.

It happened at the intersection of Gratiot and 27 Mile Road.

30-year-old Bruce Randall Christy was arrested and charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, unlawful use of a license plate and attempted resisting and obstructing of a police officer. He will be in court on Tuesday, May 27.

"The person driving the vehicle stopped a short distance later, looked around and made a decision to flee on foot,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.

According to the sheriff, two young women coming from their prom stopped on the scene moments after the crash and called police with a description of the suspect.

"We brought our K-9 Unit in looking for the suspect. He was found in a wooded area,” said Sheriff Wickersham.

Chiristy was found in a recreational vehicle hiding under a blanket. Police are still investigating the case but they say the area of the crash was dimly lit. Investigators believe the suspect may have been drinking alcohol before the incident.

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