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Sterling Heights — Police are asking the public for help to identity a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 45-year-old man who was crossing the street Sunday.

Police Monday released images of a person of interest in the hit-and-run. The images appear to have been captured by security cameras at a store.

The crash happened at about 7:35 p.m. Sunday on Dequindre north of Metropolitan Parkway, according to authorities. Police said Dequindre was closed to traffic for about three hours while they investigated.

Officers were called to the area on a report of a man lying in the road. They found the man lying in a northbound lane of Dequindre. He appeared to have suffered serious injuries, officials said.

Firefighters also arrived at the scene and rendered aid to the man. The medics took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

According to a preliminary investigation, the victim was crossing Dequindre from the west side when he was hit by a vehicle traveling north.

Investigators said the area was unlit and does not have a pedestrian crosswalk.

Officials said evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle suspected of striking the victim is a black 2017 or 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspected vehicle should call the Sterling Heights Police Department's Traffic Safety Bureau at (586) 446-2920.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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