Suspect turns himself in after deadly hit-and-run of construction worker on I-94

Posted at 8:16 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 14:06:50-04

(WXYZ) — Police say a suspect has turned himself in after the deadly hit-and-run of a construction worker.

Detectives say he turned himself in at the St. Clair Shores police department.

Michigan State Police had previously located the suspect vehicle.

The vehicle has been seized and is being processed for evidence.

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Zachary Morisette, 26, was working with the Macomb County Department of Roads on eastbound I-94 south of 9 Mile in St. Clair Shores Monday afternoon when someone hit him and kept going.

Morisette was patching the highway with two trucks when he was hit.

“Kid didn’t deserve this. I just want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anybody else,” said Jim Morisette, Zach’s uncle.

When Zach got a job in March with the Macomb County Department of Roads he followed in his loved one’s footsteps. His uncle and grandpa retired from there.

His uncle keeps thinking about the last text he received from his nephew, thanking him for being a reference. He heard from people at the road commission that his nephew worked hard and brought a positive attitude.

The family is asking all drivers to think of Zach and always slow down for not just road crews, but tow truck drivers, first responders, and anyone on the side of the road.

“People, it seems like they will stop for a dog or a bird, but human life… slow down,” said Jim Morisette.

Michigan State Police tell me they are still working to identify the driver responsible, as they follow leads from witnesses.

The family says it is thankful for all who have supported them and hoping the driver responsible turns themselves in or is brought to justice.