By Charles Sercombe
A 58-year-old Hamtramck man is facing three felony charges in a hit and run accident that resulted in the death of an Ann Arbor man last Sunday evening.
Mitchell Kowalewicz of Hamtramck is accused of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and an injury. He is also charged with injuring another man in the accident.
According to Detective Prima Brennan, Kowalewicz was driving westbound on Holbrook, just west of Jos. Campau, at around 5:30 p.m. when he struck and killed Mushtaq Sayed, 72.
Sayed had pulled over to ask a man at an ATM machine at Huntington Bank for directions. It’s not clear if Sayed had not pulled far enough over to the curb.
Mesha Latich, 62, was giving Sayed directions when both were struck. Latich suffered a broken ankle.
Witnesses told police that driving westbound was challenging because of the setting sun. Some described it as being “blinding,” said Brennan.
One witness followed Kowalewicz home here in Hamtramck, and then called police.
Brennan said Kowalewicz told police he did not realize he had struck anyone.
Police say he did not test positive for alcohol or drugs. Kowalewicz now faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison if convicted. He was released on a $10,000 bond, of which he was required to pay $1,000.
He has no prior criminal record or traffic citations.