Man accused of driving in deadly crash, fleeing scene

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

State police have arrested a man accused of driving during a deadly crash in Detroit earlier this week and fleeing the scene, leaving behind a dying passenger.

The man turned himself in to police and initially claimed to be a passenger in the vehicle that crashed around 4:20 a.m. Monday on westbound Interstate 94 and Mt. Elliot, officials said. A 32-year-old man also in the car was found unresponsive at that scene and later died.

Witnesses to the collision reported seeing another man flee the scene, police said.

Those witnesses told investigators that the Chevrolet Impala was speeding when the driver lost control, ran up the right embankment, overturned and struck a light pole before coming to a stop on the exit ramp to Mt. Elliot.

State police initially reported the deceased man was believed to be the driver, but it was determined the man who fled most likely was behind the wheel, Lt. Mike Shaw said.

As troopers continued their investigation, they were notified that a man had turned himself in at a local precinct. That individual was taken into custody on an outstanding probation violation. During interviews, he allegedly admitted to driving the vehicle and fleeing after the crash.

The incident remains under investigation and will be turned over to prosecutors for review, according to police.

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