'Please do the right thing:' Family of hit & run victim pleading for justice

Posted at 4:34 AM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 06:09:15-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The family of 31-year-old Herman "Rocky" Walters has been handing out Crime Stoppers fliers ever since Detroit Police announced they had a suspect in the fatal hit and run that occurred in late July.

“My fear is somehow he slipped through and is no longer in the state of Michigan," said Walters' uncle Matthew Sweet of the suspect, Daniel Cook.

Detroit Police believe Cook struck Walters, who was on his motorcycle, and then took off. They said Cook attempted to hide his car, which they now have as evidence.

The hit and run happened on the southbound Southfield Service Drive near West Davison. It's not far from the Penetrators Motorcycle Club, which Walters was a proud member of.

Police have been searching for Cook for weeks.

“He will be caught," said Juliana Baughman, Walters mother.

Her son was an organ donor and since his death, she’s been reminded in more ways than one of the lives Rocky touched.

“I would love to meet the people that received the gift of my son. I would love to be able to see who has his eyes. They could see me, see whose life is still here because he’s not," Baughman told 7 Action News.

Her message is for Cook’s family.

“As a mom, think about it. If it was your child, would you stop looking? I don’t think they would.”

Anyone with information about Cook's location should call Detroit Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. There is a $2,500 reward for information that leads to his arrest.