TAYLOR, Mich. — A Taylor police officer has died after being struck in a hit-and-run crash while assisting a driver whose vehicle stalled. And now, Taylor police are seeking the public’s help to identify the driver and vehicle.

The incident happened at 8:59 p.m. on the shoulder of westbound I-94 at Monroe in Taylor.

Police told Local 4 that the officer was assisting a motorist whose vehicle had stalled. The officer and the idled car were hit by a white car.

Police said the hit-and-run vehicle fled west on I-94 and exited at Telegraph Road.

The white car is described as a late 1990s or early 2000 model Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis or a similar-looking model, police said.

Investigators said the vehicle will have heavy front-end damage and possibly passenger-side damage to the headlight, turn signal and heavy damage to the windshield.

Police said the car could have maroon paint that came from the crash with the stalled car.

A witness told police that the suspect car had a Michigan “sunset-style” license plate.

The officer died early Wednesday morning from injuries sustained from the hit and run.

The officer has not yet been identified. The driver of the stalled vehicle was not injured.

The accident had the right lanes of westbound I-94 at Telegraph shut down.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Taylor Police Department at 734-287-6611.

Source of Story: Click on Detroit, channel 4.

One response to “Taylor Police Officer Dies After Hit-And- Run

Posted by B. Roy

Police should wear vests that are reflective when standing or helping out on the side of the road. The current outfit is generally navy blue or black, which people just can’t see that well. MIOSHA vests should be mandated for any public servant when they are working outdoors. Another example is the lack of using the headlights or daytime running lamps in police cars when it is foggy or fairly dark out. They are trying to catch people in the act, but how much risk do we put on our officers? The officers need better safety standards to maintain a healthy, accident free work place. God bless you all who risk your life every day. You are appreciated more than words can express. BE SAFE !!

Posted on September 16, 2010 at 11:20 AM

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