Series of hit and runs leave injuries, wreckage on Van Born

It was a chaotic traffic situation in the Wayne-Westland area Wednesday afternoon after a series of four hit and runs. Two separate drivers are being blamed for the four accidents that happened within a couple miles of each other. Police are still looking for one of the drivers.

The accidents happened along the borders of Wayne, Westland and Romulus and began just after 1 p.m. when a woman slammed into another vehicle at Middlebelt and Van Born roads.

"The driver of the vehicle continued westbound instead of stopping at the scene," said Sgt. Robert Wilke. "[The driver] proceeded through an intersection at Merriman and Van Born causing another accident that happened in the city of Romulus."

But the driver didn't stop there and crashed into another vehicle in the same intersection, this time badly injuring three people. The driver was arrested at the scene. The investigation took hours and shut down the roads.

"I spoke with some of the officers that responded and they described the chaotic situation," Wilke said. "They had drivers that were very apparently injured, bicyclists that were in the area that were down on the ground. They couldn't decipher who was a victim, who was a witness."

Then, moments after police wrapped up their investigation and reopened the roads, a fiery collision happened right down the street.

"We're sitting there and all of a sudden smoke started coming and the flames started coming," said Evelyn Brown.

Brown and her two grandchildren were blindsided by another vehicle just before 5 p.m. at Middlebelt and Van Born. Both vehicles caught fire, and then the driver got out, looked Evelyn in the eye, and ran off.

"He just disappeared," Brown said. "He left his car right there. I don't know where he went."

Evelyn and the grandkids are left with bumps, bruises and fear, knowing the man who did this is still out there.

"For him to hit something and just get out of the car and say, 'Oh,' and walk away," she said. "It's just, there were kids involved."

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s. Police are confident they will be able to track him down soon with all the evidence he left behind in his vehicle, along with the amount of witnesses who were able to get a good look at his face.


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