Detroit man charged in fatal hit-and-run

Candice Williams, and Holly Fournier

A Detroit man was arraigned Thursday in 36th District Court in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed an 83-year-old woman earlier this week.

Deonte Darrell Renfroe, 19, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter with a motor vehicle charges after the 7:11 p.m. Sunday crash at Outer Drive and Fenelon, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

He turned himself in to police Tuesday morning, police said. The victim was identified Thursday by the prosecutor’s office as Charlotte Kish.

Renfroe was driving at a high rate of speed on East Outer Drive in a silver Buick when he struck the rear of another car stopped at a red light, according to the prosecutor’s office.

He then continued driving and hit an unoccupied, parked truck, which struck and killed Kish. She had been tending to flowers in the median of the road.

Kish was a retired librarian and a member of the Raging Grannies, an international activist network.

Renfroe was remanded to Wayne County Jail. A probable cause conference is scheduled for July 15 before Judge Shannon Holmes. His preliminary examination is set for July 21.

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The Associated Press contributed