Suspect held in Waterford carjacking, run-over death

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq and Louis Aguilar
The Detroit News

A suspect has been caught in the carjacking and run-over death of a senior citizen outside a Waterford Township fast-food restaurant Sunday.


Police identified the woman as 38-year-old Ruth Pozdol, who has no known last address but lived in Milford at one point. Pozdol was picked up by Walled Lake police Sunday night and brought to Waterford Township, said Waterford police Sgt. Chet Bartle. She was booked and was expected to be taken to the Oakland County Jail, he said. Arraignment in the carjacking death is expected no later than Tuesday, he said.

Bartle said police have not recovered the victim's 2001 red Chevrolet pickup.

Clifford Haywald was visiting his favorite Burger King near M-59 and Williams Lake Road in Waterford on Sunday morning when the suspect asked Haywald if she could use his cellphone in the parking lot.

Van Haywald

"He was very friendly," said his granddaughter Amber Davis.

"He was old school like that. He would help anyone." So he likely just handed it over, Davis said, thinking she needed to make a call.

She didn't. She strong-armed Haywald, 76, out of his pickup about 11 a.m. Sunday, and when he tried to stop her from driving away, she ran him over, police said, and fled the scene.

The family of the retired General Motors assembly worker said he went to the Burger King at least three times a week.

"He knew all the ladies who worked there. He knew a lot of people who went there," said Davis, 23.

The vehicle is a 2001 red Chevrolet pickup with a black cover on its bed. The license plate number is CGN-7187.

Haywald's vehicle is a 2001 red Chevrolet pickup with a black cover on its bed and blacked out wheels. The license plate number is CGN-7187.

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call Waterford police Detective/Sgt. Brent Ross at (248) 618-6105 or (248) 674-COPS.

Haywald is survived by four children and three grandchildren, Davis said. The family has set up a gofundme account to help defray funeral costs. Go to to donate.

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