Detroit hit and runs on the rise, 5 killed in two weeks - FOX 35 News Orlando

Detroit hit and runs on the rise, 5 killed in two weeks

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in Detroit. The city has seen three hit-and-run accidents in the last 72 hours, the latest involving a 6-year-old boy who, doctors say, has less than a ten percent chance of survival.

LINK: Read more about Deshaun White, the 6-year-old involved in the most recent hit and run

28 people have been killed, in Detroit alone, so far this year in hit-and-run accidents. Five of those fatal hit-and-run accidents happened in the last two weeks.

Police say these hit-and-run drivers are almost always distracted, either from intoxication or from texting, and driving without warrants or the proper paperwork. When they are eventually caught, the reason vary for fleeing the scene, but all have one thing on common: they are ruining lives.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear from several families who have lost a loved one in a hit and run

"Odds are they are going to get caught, and the consequences are severe. Just leaving the scene itself is a 15-year felony," Scott Sheets tells Fox 2's Maurielle Lue. Sheets oversees the Detroit Police Department's fatal squad.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • General Motors profit declines 85% in 2Q

    General Motors profit declines 85% in 2Q

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:43:10 GMT
     General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
     General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
  • Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:48:56 GMT
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
  • Rehabilitation grants available for auction homes

    Rehabilitation grants available for auction homes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:45:20 GMT
    Homes eligible for $25,000 in forgivable rehabilitation grants are going on sale in a west side Detroit neighborhood. An online auction by the city's Land Bank Authority begins Thursday for eight houses in the Marygrove area.
    Homes eligible for $25,000 in forgivable rehabilitation grants are going on sale in a west side Detroit neighborhood. An online auction by the city's Land Bank Authority begins Thursday for eight houses in the Marygrove area.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices