Pontiac man killed in hit-and-run car crash

George Hunter
The Detroit News

A suspected hit-and-run driver who allegedly killed a 64-year-old Pontiac man Sunday morning is in jail while investigators await the results of a blood test to determine if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he drove through a red light and plowed his truck into the side of the victim’s car.

Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies worked to determine what happened in the crash at the intersection of Woodward and South Blvd. at about 7:14 a.m. Sunday, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release.

“Peter Whittaker ... was driving a 2015 Kia Forte eastbound on South Boulevard entering the intersection of Woodward Avenue at the same time that a 42-year-old resident of White Lake Township was driving a 2011 Ford F250 Super Duty pickup truck southbound on Woodward,” the release said. “The Ford entered the intersection and collided into the driver’s side of the Kia.

“At this time, according to witnesses, it appears that the traffic signal for the driver of the Ford was red when he entered the intersection,” the release said.

Whittaker was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, where he died a short time later. Police say he was wearing a seat belt.

“The driver of the Ford fled the scene of the crash on foot,” according to the release. “He was apprehended by the Sheriff’s Office later in the morning at a private residence in ... Pontiac.

“It is suspected that drug or alcohol use is a contributing factor in the crash with the driver of the Ford. A blood sample was taken from him through a search warrant and the results of the analysis are pending.”

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, is incarcerated in the Oakland County Jail pending charges.

There were no passengers in either vehicle, police said.


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