Detroit police officer hits, kills bicyclist in Highland Park

In Highland Park a man on a bicycle was hit and killed by a Detroit police vehicle.

It is a tragedy where police say the victim may have caused his own his death. An officer driving northbound along Oakland and Davison with sirens on responding to a call, struck a man riding a bicycle.

The man on the vehicle disregarded the green traffic light on the street, colliding with the squad car. The victim died at the scene late Wednesday night in Highland Park.

Investigators say the man who is believed to be in his 20s, was wearing his headphones and likely didn't even the sirens before being struck by the squad car.

"It concerns me because that's how a lot of the residents come in," said resident Cleophus Pie. "We have only one way in and one way out. A lot of the residents come that way, off the freeway and come in here. It is tragic."

Detroit police are now overseeing the case. The DPD spokesman says there is surveillance video showing the victim at fault, but it's not being released at this time because the victim hasn't been identified.

Residents say this area is very dark at night. The president of the neighborhood association added that the community has been pushing to have more street lights put up.

A spokeswoman at Highland Park city hall says the area is well lit but adds the mayor is working on putting up more street lights throughout the city including in this community.
 


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