Suspect in I-94 hit-and-run death of roads worker turns himself in

By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) A suspect has turned himself in to Saint Clair Shores police in connection with the death of a county roads worker on I-94. 

This update comes after Michigan State Police Wednesday morning said they'd located the vehicle believes to be involved in the tragic hit-and-run on Monday.

MSP First Lt. Michael Shaw told WWJ Newsradio 950 detectives still need to question the suspect.

"He has the same rights as anybody else, and we're going to go through the process like we would with every person that is facing this type of event, making sure that they're protected and getting the information that we need in order to present it to the prosecutor's office and let them make the best informed decision that they can." 

Shaw said police are seeing a disturbing uptick in people leaving the scene of crashes for a number of reasons, but he says running from trouble won't make it go away. 

Earlier, Shaw said dispatchers were impressed at the sheer volume of calls that came in from tipsters in the case.

Shaw would not say where the vehicle was found, if it was damaged. or give any identifiers about the owner, saying "there's a person out there that's responsible for the death of another human being." The vehicle was previously described as a white box truck.

The crash happened the afternoon of Sept. 21 near 9 Mile Rd., shutting down the eastbound freeway for a few hours at Vernier/8 Mile Rd.

According to State Police, the driver who hit the road worker did not stop at the scene. The victim, 26-year-old Zach Morisette from Chesterfield Township, was patching the pavement on the right shoulder of the freeway at the time he was struck. There were other road workers on the job when it happened, investigators say, but they did not see the vehicle that struck their co-worker.

Morisette, reportedly a three-time cancer survivor, was only on the job with the Macomb County Department of Roads for six months when he was killed. 

Anyone with further information about the incident should call the the MSP dispatch center at 313-237-2450.