HOPE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Neighbors of a man who Michigan State Police say hit and killed a biker in Barry County on Sunday afternoon told 24 Hour News 8 that the fatal accident was the end result of domestic violence.
The accident happened around 4:40 p.m. on M-43 near Cloverdale Road in Hope Township.
Craig Riley, the 13-year-old boy who witnessed the crash that killed the biker, 46-year-old William Madden Jr., said he was taking out the trash moments before it happened.
"I yelled, ‘Oh my gosh! Stop!' at the top of my lungs," Craig said. "I knew something was going to happen, and then it happened and I just ran. I had to get my mom because I knew she could try to help."
Police identified the suspect as Tobias Bowers, 39, who has been convicted of drunk driving and has spent time in prison for domestic violence in the past.
"The man, he was angry and he walked down the sidewalk, got in the truck, and he was just mad and just backed out into the road," Craig said. "He wasn't paying attention, obviously."
Other neighbors told 24 Hour News 8 that Bowers was living at the home with his girlfriend and he was trying to leave after kicking her in the face.
Craig said he saw the motorcycle coming. The bike hit the back of Bowers' truck, sending Madden into an oncoming van, troopers said.
Craig said the man driving the truck then just kept backing out into the street and drove off. He then ran home to get his mom, who is trained as a medical first responder. But they couldn't save Madden.
As he watched the man in the truck drive off, Craig said he couldn't understand what he saw.
"I said, ‘What kind of a man could do that?'" Craig said. "A decent person would help the man that he could have just murdered."
Police arrested Bowers early Monday at the home where the alleged domestic assault and fatal accident happened.
He was arraigned Monday afternoon and charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death and being a habitual offender, fourth offense.
Bowers is currently at the Barry County Jail with a $550,000 bond.
His next court date is scheduled for June 19 in Barry County District Court.
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