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Posted on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 12:04 p.m.

U-M student injured in hit-and-run crash in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

A University of Michigan student was injured in what witnesses said was a hit-and-run crash at State and Hill streets in Ann Arbor early Saturday morning, The Michigan Daily reported.

The 21-year-old victim was taken to the hospital, the newspaper reported.

The victim suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Ann Arbor Police said they could provide no additional information shortly before noon Saturday.



Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 4:47 p.m.

According to the crime report, someone was arrested in this area around this time for being 'superdrunk.' Is that related to this?


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 12:45 p.m.

I am a current UofM student and happened to have just crossed the street leaving quickie burger when this happened. i heard the impact and turned around just in time to see what happened. really scary. It was not at 10:00 AM but indeed around 2:30. i thought it was a black car though

Linda Peck

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 5:18 p.m.

p.s. It was daytime, around 10:00 am.

Linda Peck

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 5:17 p.m.

I saw a near miss Friday. A young woman was walking with the walk sign and a person in a big hurry was making the corner right into her, taking that corner without even looking to see if there was someone crossing, and fast at that. It was at Fifth and Washington. I am so thankful the young woman made it across. I was so disgusted with the person driving.

Nicholas Urfe

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 4:35 p.m.

In response to those offering helpful tips to pedestrians: Drivers should not drive up over the curb when turning a corner. Drivers should not drink and then assume they are under the legal limit. Drivers should not talk on their cell phones while driving. Drivers should not eat while driving. Drivers should not adjust their radio or ipod while driving. Drivers should look for lights that may be RED. Drivers should look for pedestrians in crosswalks. Drivers should not assume nobody else is out late at night. Drivers should always come to a complete stop at stop signs, and when making right on reds. Drivers should not flee the scene when they hit someone. Etc.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 7:32 p.m.

Careful. You're treading hallowed ground around here.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 4:12 p.m.

Hmm. Hmmmmmm. State and Hill. Not exactly a desolate, remote intersection. "Early Saturday Morning," by the way, is code for late Friday night. One can never discount the possibility of the presence of alcohol - in the case of either party. Anyways, as always look both ways as a pedestrian, and as a driver keep a keen eye out late at night for individuals who may not be paying attention.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 7:31 p.m.

Hard to take your advice of "look both ways" seriously when the driver is speeding up from behind you and runs you over when you're halfway through the crosswalk on a green light.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:10 p.m.

Where are people getting their information? The accident occurred about 2:30 AM when it is usually dark. A vehicle tried to turn left onto State from Westbound Hill. The picture shows a loaded stretcher next to the white stop line on State South of Hill where a crosswalk would be. The pedestrian would have had the right of way if the vehicle turned during a green/yellow light. No mention of clothing. No mention of job other than as Engineering Student. An empty green Ford Explorer with a damaged right headlight was towed from Arch Street following a pursuit by UMPD. If you want to gripe, ask A2com about their promised update of the bicycler hit on Washtenaw last summer.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 7:20 p.m.

Excellent observations. 1. If the SUV legally turned left onto State and then hit the pedestrian in its lane somewhere past of the crosswalk why would it back up all the way to Hill again to continue heading West and only to circle around to Arch again (off South State) as was reported where it was towed from? The conclusion is that the pedestrian was crossing State very close to the crosswalk given the actions of the culprit. Whether actually in the crosswalk or a few feet from it is unknown. Certainly not more than a car length into the turn or the driver would have likely continued down State rather than reverse into a potential cross-traffic situation. Beyond that analysis, you are correct - the facts have yet to be learned. 2. I only reiterated what was learned about the headlight from the article. The picture does look like the driver's side was damaged more than the right side but I couldn't tell for sure so I went with the report.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 5:20 p.m.

Something for everyone... Let's start with LXIX- Notice that in the picture the stretcher is being loaded on the traffic side of the stop bar. And we do not know from which side of the stretcher the pedestrian was loaded. He very easily could have been crossing at a diagonal near the crosswalk and not in it. OR he could have been shoved out of the crosswalk by the vehicle that hit him. I cannot find enough information in either article to conclude with any confidence whether or not the pedestrian was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident, and therefore had the right of way. Oldtimer3- The fact that the driver's side headlight was damaged does not conflict with the other headlight being out of commission. Perhaps that one was out before the accident and in fact perhaps the decreased visibility with one headlight out may have been a contributing factor in the accident. Also, the towing of that vehicle may have been a coincidence, as the article states that the vehicle involved headed west on Hill. A fleeing driver would possibly not want to end up on Arch street as it is just a block or so SE of the accident scene. But people have done dumber things. And since the pedestrian was on a stretcher, I doubt the police had to stop him. The point is the whole article is sketchy; trying to pick holes and/or determine every detail is a waste of time.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:37 p.m.

That story in the MICHIGAN DAILY also has conflickting statements. First it says the drivers side headlight was damaged later in the story it says the suv had it's right side headlight damaged. Who was stopped by the police the pedestian or the driver?

Nicholas Urfe

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 12:21 a.m.

I see the thinly veiled attacks and blame are already rolling in against the pedestrian - those implying that pedestrians need to obey the laws, and pedestrians need to look. Think before you post people. You don't have any facts other than the driver fled the scene.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 11:40 a.m.

Then why leave a post if what you are saying has no relevance to the article being discussed? How about leaving a comment like, hey drivers, if you ever hit a person STOP YOUR CAR and call for medical attention. THAT is something that is relevant to THIS story


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:09 a.m.

I have lived and drove in Ann Arbor for over 30 years. I can't tell u how many times I have had to avoid humans because they just walk & act like there are no cars driving downtown. I'm not saying that is the situation in this hit & run case...if you read what I wrote.

Scott Reed

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 11:59 p.m.

What a horrible person, who struck a pedestrian and drove away. I hope that person is found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, so that we can set a frightening example to all of the other car drivers in this town. Ann Arbor needs to become more pedestrian-friendly. We need slower speeds, more stop signs and crosswalks, narrower roads and wider sidewalks. It's not hard to see that the best places, where humans actually want to live and work, are pedestrian-friendly and automobile-hostile.

Ricardo Queso

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 3:05 a.m.

Enjoy NYC, Chicago, or whatever Utopia you move on to after graduation. And thank you for spending your parents money here.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 9:11 p.m.

For all those people making guess's without knowing the facts need to stop bashing the driver for a hit an run when in fact the driver stopped after hitting the student and walked back to the actual seen and was there when the police arrived and was questioned and arrested .


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 11:37 a.m.

@grimmk, Regardless of blame (which you seem to think is equal) the DRIVER who hits a pedestrian also has a LEGAL and moral obligation to STOP if they hit a person or property. Fleeing the scene shows a consciousness of guilt or the lack of awareness that means your license should be taken away.

Basic Bob

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:30 a.m.

Venice (pop. 70,000) is very nice. You hardly ever hear of people being run over by gondolas. Mackinac Island (pop. 600) is also nice, I would say much nicer than Ann Arbor. Except it is hard to find a job there for most actual humans.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:27 a.m.

So why don't we just close off downtown and make it pedestrians only? If you want to go through all the $$ and hassle it would take to do what your proposed, have at it. What we need is more awareness and more personal responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians. We all stop on red. Pedestrians only have the right of way in a crosswalk and if they have one with a light they need to obey it. If a car is turning left or right they need to check the crosswalk before going through. And in the winter time all sidewalks need to be clear of snow and ice. I've seen too many people walking in the streets to avoid dying from slipping on ice.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 10:37 p.m.

I hope this student is OK. One recommendation for students downtown, please look before you cross the road. Pedestrians needs to obey traffic lights as well...not to say that that's the situation here.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

Feel free to read the article (linked to the Michigan Daily) that says the driver was speeding and made a left turn. There's no green arrow there, so the pedestrian had the right-of-way, no question. But thanks for the dig at the victim.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

Thanx Dad


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 8:30 p.m.

A thought: Why is the injured party's occupation relevant? Most other stories do not present this information. Aside: Not a good time to be ped'ing.

Joel A. Levitt

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 7:51 p.m.

The student has my sympathy, and I make a request of all. Please, don't wear onl;y dark outer clothing when walking at night.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 7:28 p.m.

I think you mean "Drivers, please don't RUN PEOPLE OVER WHEN MAKING LEFT TURNS, at an intersection with no green arrow, where there's no chance this was anything but the driver's fault"

Craig Lounsbury

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:51 p.m.

"it dident happen at night, i heard the sirens." According to the Michigan daily link it happened at 2:30 in the morning.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:34 a.m.

Thanx Dad

Basic Bob

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:18 a.m.

I'm detecting speculation and victim-blaming.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 11:28 p.m.

it dident happen at night, i heard the sirens.