Vitale family member dies after stabbing, crash

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A pizza delivery driver who was stabbed in Grand Rapids and then crashed while trying to drive himself to the hospital has died, police said.

The stabbing happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Burton Street SE.  Grand Rapids Police say the victim, identified by a Burton Heights Pizza employee as Joey Vitale, tried to drive himself to the hospital afterward.

He crashed on Wealthy Street SE near LaGrave and was said to have critical injuries. Police say he died Thursday morning.

Investigators say a person of interest was taken into custody but other details surrounding the incident were unclear.

The door of Burton Heights Pizza on Oct 4, 2018

Burton Heights Pizza was closed Thursday. Flowers were left at the door of the business as well as a note citing a "family emergency."

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9 comments

  • Sharky

    Any one want too bet this wasn’t the first time the person of interest has had a run in with the law. We need to clean the scum off our streets regardless of the cost.

  • lml25

    Similar to the white tow truck business owner,Gerald Love, killed in that area of the ghetto by a non-white.The risk is very high.I never knew they HAD a pizza place in that area.Never should have,as it turns out.

    • Ladichan

      don’t talk about areas you have never lived in. I live in a white surburb and had more crime than living in “ghetto”. IT’s all good making money off of Non whites.

  • Darkeyes

    Why on earrh do you refer to him as the delivery guy & employee?????? He owned the restaurant! Report correctly or don’t report at all !