Detroit — Shirley McKing was driving home from a relative’s birthday party the night of July 14 when she spotted a man lying on the curb near Jefferson with a crowd gathered around him.
When she got closer, she realized the victim was no stranger — it was her 43-year-old son, Mack McKing, who was the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident.
McKing’s family is asking for the public’s help in bringing the driver to justice.
“My daughter (Tanina McKing) and I were headed home from the party, and I told her, ‘it looks like someone’s laying down in the street,’ ” Shirley McKing said.
As they got closer she noticed the victim wore plaid shorts similar to those worn by her son. “My daughter said, ‘Oh, my God, it’s him,’ ” she said at a Crime Stoppers of Michigan press conference Wednesday. The organization is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver
The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. in front of the Jeffersonian apartment building on Jefferson near Belle Isle on Detroit’s east side. A security guard from the building dialed 911, and an ambulance arrived in about 10 minutes, Shirley McKing said.
Mack McKing was rushed to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he died.
Several witnesses said the victim was struck by a white sport-utility vehicle. “That was all they said,” Shirley McKing said. “They had no other information.”
Mack McKing enjoyed cooking, sports and fashion, his family said. “He loved kids, and he’d always get down on the floor and play with them,” his mother said. “I just want anyone who saw anything to step up and say something. That driver took away somebody’s son.”
Sister Tanina McKing added: “If you know something, be a decent human being and call.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP (773-2587). All callers will remain anonymous.