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Does Traverse City have a serial hit-and-run driver?

Authorities think that Traverse City, Michigan, may have a serial hit-and-run driver on its hands. Earlier this month, a 29-year-old woman was biking home from work during the early morning hours when she was struck by a pickup truck or SUV. The vehicle dragged her for more than one block, and she later died at a hospital. The driver did not turn him- or herself in.

This tragic case is eerily similar to a motor vehicle vs. bicycle collision that took place last year in the same area, and another that took place in 2010. In 2012, a female bicyclist, age 31, was hit by an SUV or pickup truck at around midnight. She suffered a broken leg. In 2010, a female bicyclist, 39, was struck by a black pickup truck at around 2 a.m. She suffered minor injuries.

All of these women were struck by similar-looking vehicles within a five-block area of each other. Each collision took place near midnight, around the Fourth of July.

The FBI and the Michigan State Police are now assisting in the investigation into these cases.

Whether there is one person behind all three of these collisions, or whether there are multiple drivers involved, it is important that anyone who is responsible is held accountable.

When a driver strikes a pedestrian or bicyclist in Michigan--or is involved in any accident, for that matter--he or she has a duty to stop. Failing to do so will result in criminal charges, and possibly civil liability for wrongful death or personal injury, when the driver is ultimately apprehended. Even when a collision itself was not the fault of the driver, failing to stop the vehicle and provide help is a crime.

Hopefully, investigators will find out who is responsible for these collisions in Traverse City in order to bring the individual or individuals to justice.

 

Source: The Detroit News, "Cyclist's death pulls Traverse City together," Marney Rich Keehan, July 17, 2013

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