Dowagiac police: Driver arrested in hit-and-run crash


The suspect vehicle involved in a Dowagiac hit-and-run crash on Sept. 13, 2021. (Courtesy: The Dowagiac Police Department)

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they have arrested the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist.

The crash happened around 2:40 p.m. Monday on Spruce Street and State Road in Dowagiac.

Dowagiac police say a motorcyclist was going south when he changed lanes. An SUV also driving south moved into the same lane as the motorcycle. The motorcyclist then swerved to the side of the road, hit the curb and crashed into a street sign.

The SUV took off from the scene after the crash, going west on M-62.

The motorcyclist, who police say wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken to the hospital in critical condition then flown to a different hospital for treatment. He remained inc critical condition Tuesday at a Kalamazoo hospital.

The Dowagiac Police Department says it got a tip that led it to a 37-year-old Dowagiac woman. Police say she admitted to causing the crash and taking off.

Police say the woman’s driver license had already been revoked at the time of the crash. They say they found her SUV parked in her garage.

The woman, whose name was not released pending arraignment, was arrested and is expected to be charged with hit-and-run accident causing serious injury, operating while license revoked causing serious impairment of bodily function and moving violation causing serious injury.

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