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Posted on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 : 5:32 p.m.

Driver flees scene after crash on I-94 in Ann Arbor injures passenger

By Staff

Editor's note: Police originally said the child mention in this story was 6. His age has been corrected. Police have also released additional details. See this story for an update.

Michigan State Police are looking for the driver of a four-door sedan who fled the scene of a personal-injury crash at westbound I-94 and Jackson Road in Ann Arbor.

The crash occurred at 5:01 p.m. when the driver's vehicle drifted out of his lane, then veered to the left to avoid a semi in the right lane, said Trooper Josh Reeber of the Ypsilanti Post of the Michigan State Police. The car hit the guardrail, then shot back across the highway and caused the semi to run over the front of the car.

A woman riding in the front passenger seat was taken by Huron Valley Ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital, Reeber said. The extent of her injuries was not clear.

A 6-year-old child in the back seat did not appear to be injured but was taken to the hospital for observation.

The driver fled the scene on foot after the crash, Reeber said. Anyone with information about the man's whereabouts is asked to call state police at 248-482-1211, ext. 293.

The driver is described as Hispanic with short black hair and sideburns. He was wearing long pants and a blue long-sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up. He has a tattoo on the right shoulder.

The left lane of the freeway was closed after the crash, but was reopened by about 6 p.m.

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Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Aug 5, 2010 : 7:20 a.m.

Heardoc, doing ones "best" and a budget that allows reporters to be assigned to track down details of a traffic accident are not the same thing. They are either at the mercy of what the police offer up or they assign a reporter to "work the story". I repeat that since I don't pay to read the story I don't expect them to dispatch a reporter to work a traffic accident just because the driver fled the scene. It seems from your second comment "Geez! Yes you can speak tot eh six year old -- no law or reason not to.... Geez!" you expect them to send a reporter to try to track down the 6 year old. I don't have that expectation for a story like this, not when I don't pay for a subscription. I am willing to wait for details to unfold.


Thu, Aug 5, 2010 : 6:44 a.m.

Craig; I do my best wether I get paid or not -- it is a matter of pride and character.....

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Aug 5, 2010 : 6:18 a.m.

Given that we all read these stories for free I don't have an expectation for a lot of investigative reporting on every story in here.


Thu, Aug 5, 2010 : 4:19 a.m.

@zaqch-- you missed the point -- it is the lack of journalism here that is the problem. that is why i put those questions out there. Geez! Yes you can speak tot eh six year old -- no law or reason not to.... Geez!


Thu, Aug 5, 2010 : 2 a.m.

Why is this news???? Just another reason to not let wet backs in the country.


Wed, Aug 4, 2010 : 11:12 p.m.

@Heardoc I realize that isn't always on top of everything, but... oh my. You are certainly demanding so much, when there isn't a lot of information yet. #1: The condition of the woman isn't clear. She could be seriously injured, and unable to talk to people. It's not like they can just go to her room and start asking her questions. #2: They can't legally interview the 6 year old, without consent of the parents. #3: How can you know if they are legal or not, if you can't find the driver, and are unable to talk to the other two? Give them a break... geez.


Wed, Aug 4, 2010 : 10:04 p.m.

Where is the reporting on this story. Were these illegals? Did the child and adult female jnow the driver? Seems they would -- odd not to know who is driving a car that you are a passenger in....Very shoddy reporting here.


Wed, Aug 4, 2010 : 7:53 p.m.

so the woman in the car didn't know the driver? or isn't saying who it was? He left her and her (their) child in a smushed car and took off? NICE, that's a keeper of a man there.