On Wednesday October 28, a bicyclist was killed following a hit-and-run crash on Ann Arbor’s east side. The victim, a Pittsfield Township man, was found at approximately 2 in the morning on Washtenaw Avenue, according to news reports at Mlive.com. News articles from various sources are conflicting on whether the victim was 26 or 28 years old.
After investigating the scene, police suspected someone driving an Audi was involved; they believed the vehicle would have damage to the front right quarter panel. It had been raining at the time, a factor that Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush believes may have contributed to the hit-and-run accident. The victim’s name was not released in initial news reports as family members had not been notified of the incident. Now, police have identified the victim as Michael Curley .
A suspect has been arrested in the case. Very little information has been revealed, other than the suspect is a 25-year-old male from Ypsilanti Township. The individual who discovered Curley’s body was 59-year-old Barry LaRue, an Ypsilanti man who was driving home from work at the time. He called 911.
Upon conclusion of the investigation into the crime, the case is expected to be submitted to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
In Michigan, leaving the scene of an accident may result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on factors such as whether anyone was injured or killed, or if there was property or vehicle damage. A hit-and-run accident causing severe bodily injury or death is a felony offense, with serious consequences for those found guilty. Some of the penalties an individual may face if convicted of hit-and-run involving death include substantial fines and a maximum of 5 years or 15 years in prison, depending on whether the person who left the scene of the accident was at fault.
While it is unclear why someone would leave the scene of a vehicle or bicycle crash, there are likely several reasons. A person who commits a hit-and-run may panic and make an unwise decision to leave the scene, or someone who is under the influence likely does not want to be caught. Regardless of the reason, if you have been apprehended and charged with hit-and-run or leaving the scene of an accident, consult with a qualified Michigan criminal defense lawyer at once for the legal guidance and representation necessary to secure good results.