DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who killed two people as they were crossing the street on the city’s west side.

Police spokesman Rodney Johnson said the accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday at the corner of West McNichols and Meyers roads.

“The two individuals were crossing the street at the corner when they were hit by a car, a light-colored vehicle, traveling northbound on Meyers,” Johnson told WWJ’s Beth Fisher. “At this time, we don’t know the speed of the vehicle. We just know it was traveling fast enough to kill two individuals.”

Johnson said the victims are a white woman and a black man, both in their 50s. Police have identified the man but are withholding his name, pending notification of next of kin. The woman has not yet been identified.

“We do not know the relationship between the individuals, whether they were walking together or just happened to be crossing the street at the same time,” he said.

Johnson disputed various local reports that say the driver intentionally targeted the victims.

“We don’t have any information that this car purposely tried to run down or hit these individuals,” he said.

The only description of the vehicle is that it’s a light-colored car, possibly a Ford Taurus or Pontiac Grand Prix, Johnson said. Police do not yet have a description of the driver.

“If there was anyone who may have seen this fatal hit and run accident, they can contact the Detroit Police Department and we will follow up on that information,” Johnson said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detroit police at 313-267-4600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.


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