WALLED LAKE (WWJ) —A forensic lab specialist with the Oakland County Sheriff’s office has died after she was hit by a car in a hit-and-run accident.
Forensic Lab Specialist Deputy Jennifer Garringer of Walled Lake was killed last night when she was hit by a car as she was crossing a street using a crosswalk, authorities say. She was vacationing with her husband in Orlando, Fla.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Impacting Health & Well-Being Across Metro Region
The suspect driver fled the scene, but a security guard, who witnessed the crash, was able to track down the suspect’s vehicle. The incident is being investigated by Florida Highway Patrol.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department To Host Drive-Up Candy Stations On Oct. 31 At All Precincts
Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Garringer’s contributions in the Forensic Lab were extremely helpful in closing a number of cases since she joined the agency in 2013.
“Our hearts and prayers are with Jennifer’s family during this difficult time,” Bouchard said in a release. “Her contributions to our agency in the Forensic Lab have helped to close countless investigations and bring justice to victims. She will truly be missed and our agency is a little less vibrant without her as part of the team.”
Since joining the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Garringer received many accolades and compliments from local agencies, including a Unit Citation from the Farmington Police Department for her efforts leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted in multiple crimes. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University in 2011.MORE NEWS: Metro Detroit Woman Files Lawsuit Against Walmart, Says Discriminated Against By Managers
Funeral details are not available at this time.