By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck’s ongoing problem with reckless drivers played out as many predicted it would.
Someone got hurt.
Last Saturday, the Hamtramck Police Department issued a press release about a speeding driver who hit a 5-year-old boy on Zinow at around 4:30 p.m.
The boy is in critical care at Children’s Hospital. His identity has not been released.
Thanks to many tips, the driver of the car was identified, and he and his passenger were arraigned on several felony charges on Wednesday in Hamtramck 31st District Court.
Neither suspect was identified, but police said the driver is a 22-year-old male and the passenger is a 23-year-old female. Both are Detroit residents.
The driver is charged with:
• Failure to stop at scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death (maximum penalty of five years in prison)
• Operating while license suspended, revoked or denied causing serious injury (maximum penalty of five years)
• Tampering with evidence (maximum penalty of four years in prison)
The passenger is charged with:
• Failure to stop at scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death
• Tampering with evidence
Bond for the suspects was set at $50,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, no bond was posted. The suspects’ preliminary exam is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 8:30 a.m.
In a press release, Police Chief Anne Moise credited the public with providing tips leading to the suspects’ arrest.
“Crucial to solving this case were the tips provided after exposure through local news sources. The Hamtramck Police Department would like to thank media outlets for their assistance and the public response,” Moise said.
Complaints about reckless and speeding drivers have been a growing concern over the summer. Residents near Pulaski Park complained of young drivers speeding down their streets around the park.
Many residents said it was only a matter of time before a child was struck and severely injured.
Police officials vowed to crack down, but conceded there is a severe shortage of officers on patrol.
Updated at 5:57 p.m.