Police seek driver after mentally ill man injured

Police seek driver after mentally ill man injured in Redford hit and run

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The street where the man was hit The street where the man was hit
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"There was a man laying right here in the street, and he was trying to get up and, you know how when a dog is hit by a car he's dragging himself, and his shoe was right here in front of my house," says Sarah Johnson.

The hit and run happened just before 1 p.m. on November 29 on Glenmore in Redford. Police say the 30-year-old victim, who suffers from schizophrenia, just underwent his third surgery.

Officer Jonathan Strong of the Redford Police Department tells Fox 2's Robin Murdoch the extent of the victim's injuries: "Shattered femur; shattered knee; broken lower leg; fractured shoulder; and fractured left hand,"

This is the second mentally disabled man in the Redford Twp. area to become a victim of a crime in recent days. Recent surveillance video shows a suspect punching then stomping on a gas station customer. The search is still on for that suspect, and now also for the driver of the vehicle involved in this hit and run. Police are looking for a white 2011 to 2014 Volkswagon Jetta with a shattered windshield.

"Our preliminary investigation really can't come up with a reason why the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and left the roadway," says Strong.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from police in a report from Murdoch


She reports investigators in Redford have reached out to area police departments and body shops, letting them know to watch for a white Jetta with significant damage. If you have any information on this hit and run you are also asked to give police a call.

Redford Police: Phone: (313) 387-2500

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