Pedestrian hurt, dog killed in Orion Twp. hit-and-run

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
Investigators have recovered surveillance footage of the vehicle believed to be involved in the incident.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a $1,000 reward for tips to find the driver involved in a hit-and-run this week in Orion Township that left a pedestrian injured and killed her dog.

A 66-year-old woman was walking her dog west on Morgan Road near Homesite in the eastbound lane when a vehicle crossed over and struck the pair from behind at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oakland County Sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The woman yelled for the driver to stop but the driver continued on Morgan, according to the release.  

Another motorist called 911 and remained with the victim until paramedics arrived.  

The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of a fractured arm, investigators said. She later underwent surgery.

Her 10-year-old poodle mix was picked up by the Oakland Animal Hospital and pronounced dead.

Detectives are working to find the driver of the vehicle, described by the victim as a large white SUV with two rear windows and long vertical brake lights. 

Investigators have recovered surveillance footage of a vehicle on Morgan Road matching the description seen seconds before the incident.

The video, from a neighbor's yard camera, does not show the crash but it recorded the sound.

"The audio is disturbing and clearly captures how loud the impact was as the vehicle struck both the victim and dog," sheriff's officials said in an update Friday. "The driver clearly had to realize he/she had a collision and the impact was substantial."

The SUV is believed to be a General Motors minivan produced between 2005 and 2009 with a black trim or rub rail. It could have damage to the front-end and driver's side mirror, investigators said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.