Deputies search for driver in deadly hit-and-run crash

Kent County

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A metro Detroit man is dead following a hit and run crash in Cascade Township.

It happened just before midnight Thursday on a stretch of Cascade Road just west of 36th Street.

“I never heard anything last night,” said Lisa Hampton, who lives near the scene. “I was awake but never heard anything.”

She didn’t know anything about the crash until a Kent County sheriff’s deputy knocked on her door Friday morning.

“They were looking for footage of probably a car that came from the accident,” said Hampton.

“Our number one concern right now is just to identify potential witnesses and even a driver who may have unknowingly struck the victim,” said sheriff’s department Sgt. Joy Matthews.

Deputies canvassed the area Friday, looking for any clues as to how the tragedy occurred.

The 52-year-old victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of family members, is from Waterford, northwest of Detroit. Investigators are still trying to determine what he was doing on the road and why he was in West Michigan.    

“There is some indication that the victim was struck by multiple vehicles,” said Matthews.

But the biggest mystery is who hit him.

The driver left the scene even though there may be a more reasonable explanation as to why he was struck.

“We’re still investigating what happened and it’s possible that the driver who struck the pedestrian wasn’t aware that it was a person or just didn’t realize the that they caused the accident,” said Matthews.

Investigators are hoping someone like a family member or neighbor who notices fresh damage to a vehicle shares the information with deputies.

The best way to solve the case is for the driver to come forward.   

“We know it can be incredibly scary if a driver wakes up and realizes oh, maybe it wasn’t a deer that I hit, or maybe it wasn’t debris in the roadway,” said Matthews. “We always encourage motorist if you do strike something in the roadway, if you’re unsure of what it was, pull over immediately, safely if you can. And if you’re scared, call 911.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616.632.6357 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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