A vehicle Detroit Police Department recovered Thursday morning, which matched the description of one sought in a fatal hit-and-run Tuesday night on the city’s west side, is not the vehicle in question, Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

The car — a red Chevrolet Cavalier — has front-end damage and a busted-out windshield, according to a photo of the car published by It was in police custody as investigators attempted to see if it was the same car. It was not.

“(The early suspicion) was based on preliminary information, but we are still looking for the vehicle,” Moreno said.

About 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a witness to the fatal crash saw what they believed to be a red Chevrolet Cavalier headed west on Michigan at a high rate of speed. The car hit a pedestrian, a man in his 50s, according to the Detroit Police Department, and the impact rolled the man onto the car’s windshield and hood.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Bruce Duane Key, 51, and said his cause of death was “accident/multiple injuries.”

The Cavalier drove for another block before pulling behind a building on the 6600 block of Michigan — west of Livernois and south of Interstate 94. The car’s occupants dumped Key’s body there before driving off, Officer Nicole Kirkwood said.

Police are looking for five suspects — the driver and four passengers.

Moreno said police are still seeking the public’s help finding the car and the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s Fatal Squad at (313) 596-1462, or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP.

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