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Michigan State Police are on the lookout for a man in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash on the Lodge Freeway on Tuesday night.

The crash took place about 8:15 p.m., on the northbound Lodge near Seven Mile.

A van was parked on the right shoulder so the driver and a passenger could make sure a mattress they were transporting was tied down securely, according to police. While they were securing it, a newer model Dodge Charger lost control and hit the van, police said. Police believe excessive speed may have been a factor.

While the driver of the van was unhurt, his passenger, a 54-year-old Detroit man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Police allege that the driver of the Charger, who they describe as a black male, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, fled on foot, along with two passengers. A third passenger was arrested on the scene for an unrelated drug charge.

Police believe the driver of the Charger “received facial injuries as a result of the crash,” and one of the two men who fled with him is believed to have an injured arm. Police have heard reports that the man who may have an injured arm was “driven away from the scene by a passing motorist who offered to help him, possibly giving him a ride to a local hospital.”

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for Wednesday, and police are still working to notify next-of-kin.

Michigan State Police request that anyone who has information on the crash call MSP’s Metro Post at (248) 584-5740.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

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