Woman critically injured in Walled Lake hit and run

A Walled Lake woman is fighting for her life after a hit and run Saturday.  

Police are searching for the suspect and hope to get some help from the public. 

"It's just unreal couldn't believe it," said witness Robert LaQue. "My stomach turns it's just terrible."

LaQue was looking out his bedroom window when he saw a woman get hit by a car on Pontiac Trail and Spring Park Drive in Walled Lake just before 11 p.m.

The girl walking down the sidewalk, turned, went across the road, did not look," LaQue said. "The car hit her, drove her 25 feet into the air, drove on and then the body dropped."

LaQue rushed to help the woman who police have identified as 47-year-old Valentyna Basinger. 

Police say she suffered a broken neck, pelvis, leg, ankle and has already undergone six surgeries.

A family friend says Basinger's husband was out of the country on business when he learned about the incident. 

"They're shook up," said Jeff Eason, family friend. "The daughter is not dealing with it very well and the husband is extremely emotional." 

According to officials, Basinger left her 12-year-old daughter home alone to take a quick trip to the store. She was on her way home when the hit and run incident took place.

Police say the vehicle involved in the accident was coming from the Commerce Township-Wixom area and was heading toward West Bloomfield..

Officials hope because the car had a limited production run, it will help them locate it sooner.

"From what we can tell it was only made for two years - it's a 2008 or 2009 off-white Pontiac G8," said Chief Paul Shakinas. "There should be hood damage. From our witnesses, they say our victim went up on the windshield, there's damage to the windsheld. We did recover a piece from the car. We are tracking it down the best we can."

As this mother continues fighting for her life police hope someone will come forward soon and provide the answers they need. 

"Do the right thing come forward and if anyone has any information about driver come forward." said family friend Jeff Eason. 

"We would like the person to come in and tell side of story," Shakinas said. Probably go a long ways with prosecutor's office taking responsibility for your actions." 

If you have information, please contact Walled Lake police at (248) 624-3111.

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