Police identify man killed in hit and run; driver still sought
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
No one has stepped forward in last week's hit-and-run death of a man near Ann Arbor, police said.
The victim was identified by authorities Tuesday as 52-year-old James Samons.
Samons lived in Scio Township, within a few miles of where he was found critically injured on West Liberty around 2 a.m. Friday, said Sgt. Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.
A passing motorcyclist discovered Samons in the roadway in the 4400 block of West Liberty and called 911. The vehicle that had hit him was gone, police said. Authorities pronounced Samons dead soon after arriving on scene.
“He had significant trauma to the head,” Fox said.
Samons may have already been lying in the roadway when he was struck, according to police who said they have responded to several previous calls reporting Samons intoxicated and in the road.
Police said last week that Samons' injuries and the amount of debris left behind by the vehicle also indicates he may have been in the road before the accident.
Samons was known to walk the Scio Township area where he was found, police said.
“He didn’t have a car," Fox said. "If he went anywhere, he’d walk."
Fox confirmed Tuesday Samons did have alcohol in his system when he died, although he could not say how much.
Police continue to look for the driver involved in the hit and run. If you have any information, please contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at (734) 994-2911 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.