IMLAY CITY — A pedestrian was killed early Friday, July 17, when he was struck by a vehicle on northbound M-53 (Van Dyke).
Police Chief Scott Pike reported that the victim, a 24 year-old male from Attica, was well-known to Imlay City police, and that it is believed that alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the incident.
Pike said Imlay City Police Officer Cory Martin was dispatched at around 4 a.m. to a reported car-pedestrian traffic crash at Cedar (M-53) and Borland Rd.
“Upon arrival, it was immediately apparent the pedestrian had died,” Pike said. “An investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle was traveling northbound on Cedar St. (Van Dyke) when he spotted the pedestrian standing in the roadway, not moving.”
Pike said the driver had attempted to stop and avoid striking the pedestrian, but was unsuccessful.
There was no evidence to indicate any hazardous actions on the the part of the driver, who was a 36-year-old Sterling Heights resident. Staff from Lapeer County EMS responded to the accident and declared the victim to be deceased at the scene.
The Lapeer County Sheriffs Department traffic accident reconstructionist and Imlay City firefighters also responded to the scene to assist.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.