Suspect in fatal hit and run had prior drug convictions, license suspensions

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WYOMING, Mich. — A 21-year-old man accused of hitting and killing a woman with a plow truck in Wyoming early Tuesday remains behind bars in Kent County awaiting formal charges.

Online county and state records identify the suspect as Austin Joseph Hill. Police have not yet released his name pending a formal appearance in court for official charges. Hill was identified after multiple tips were called into the Wyoming Police Department following the crash along 52nd Street near Byron Center Avenue around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.

Surveillance video from a nearby business surfaced shortly after the crash showing a red dodge pickup with plow attachments which matched a suspect vehicle description issued by police.

Hill is accused of hitting and killing 26-year-old Chelsea Crawford, who was walking to a nearby bus stop on her way to work Tuesday morning. The suspect vehicle in the collision left the scene.

Online records with the Michigan Department of Corrections show Hill has served time for prior criminal offenses including maintaining a drug house along with the delivery and manufacturing of marijuana.

A search into Hill's driving record also reveals his several license suspensions since 2013, including violating the terms of a restricted license he was given at one point. He was also caught driving with fraudulent or fake insurance in 2015.

New information on Hill's arrest is expected when he's formally arraigned.

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    • Truth-fairy

      @ASHLEY, Exactly, 21 yrs old and all these offenses! Too bad Mi does not have the death penalty.
      Family to this beautiful woman who he snuffed out- Although it won’t bring back his lovely lady-LITIGATE against who ever employed this oxygen thief who is nothing but a waste of space- There is such a thing as background checks and obviously there was NOT one for this fast driving PIG!

      • Plow Guy

        Try doing a background check on any employee from any lawn care service and you will be surprised of what you find this industry is not full of winners

  • Plow Guy

    This is not the companies fall and it’s a shame he had to remove his Facebook page and contact info from his website. To the uneducated people about the lawn and snow industry, and employer must provide an MVR to their insurance company for the driver to be approved to drive any vehicle. The kid yeah he deserves to be in deep crap!