WATERFORD (WWJ) – A Pontiac man who allegedly tried to burn the evidence has been taken into custody in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Waterford Township.

The accident happened just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday along Elizabeth Lake Road near Voorheis Road.

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According to police, 65-year-old John Edward Henke was attempting to walk across the road when he was struck by a vehicle. He was declared dead at the scene.

After the collision, police say the suspect — who was driving a friend’s 2003 red Honda minivan– fled the scene. He then set the vehicle on fire behind a former Sam’s Club store on Summit Drive, according to police.

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Burned vehicle after hit-and-run in Waterford (police handout)

Burned vehicle after hit-and-run in Waterford (police handout)

Investigators tracked the car to the 36-year-old suspect and officers took him into custody without further incident. He is now lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

Prosecutors will determine what charges will be filed.

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An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 248-618-6064.