Drivers sought in 2 Detroit hit-and-run crashes

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police are seeking tips to find drivers in two hit-and-run crashes on the city's west side last month that left one person dead and another injured.

About 3:25 a.m. Sept. 11, a man in a pickup deliberately struck a customer leaving a Coney Island restaurant in the 8000 block of West Eight Mile after arguing with him, investigators said.

Medics pronounced the 58-year-old man dead at the scene. 

Surveillance footage released Thursday shows the suspect fleeing east on Eight Mile in a dark 2015 or 2016 Ford F-150. He is described as in his mid 40s, 6-foot-4, 400 pounds, with a light complexion. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and shorts.

In another incident, a man was struck by a silver or tan pickup truck about 8:20 p.m. Sept. 22 in the 13500 block of Curtis, police said in a statement.

After striking the 29-year-old, the truck's driver continued south on Schaefer, according to the release.

Medics rushed the victim to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

A description of the driver was not available.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-2260. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.