Driver turns himself in, vehicle seized in fatal I-94 hit-and-run

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

St. Clair Shores —  A driver stepped forward Wednesday to police, two days after the fatal hit-and-run of a Metro Detroit road worker.

The 51-year-old Harper Woods man turned himself in at the St. Clair Shores police department, Michigan State Police said.

Detectives interviewed the man, who was lodged in jail, and will forward the case to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

State police said earlier Wednesday they seized the vehicle involved.

Lt. Mike Shaw, spokesman and commander for Michigan State Police in Metro Detroit, tweeted Wednesday that police have the vehicle and are processing it.

"We are not releasing (the type of vehicle) at this time," Shaw told The News. There was no description offered in the early hours after the fatal crash either. 

Monday:Road worker struck, killed in hit-and-run on I-94

The driver on eastbound I-94 near Nine Mile killed a 26-year-old Chesterfield Township man who had been with the department for only six months. The victim's name was Zachary Morisette, said Eric Dimoff, a spokesman for the Macomb County Department of Roads.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said Morisette's funeral will be held Saturday morning at a church in New Baltimore.

There will be a small official procession of one road commission vehicle and one sheriff's department vehicle from the funeral home to the church, he said.

"Unfortunately, this does bring that heightened sense of awareness to the fact that you know these are dangerous jobs, they're on a roadway," Hackel told The News on Wednesday. "Bad things can happen. And unfortunately they did."

As of Tuesday, 730 people have died in car crashes in Michigan this year. That's 58 more deaths than this time last year, according to state police data.

Associated Press contributed.