Suspect arrested after hit-and-run near bar leaves 2 dead in downtown GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police have made an arrest and have seized the vehicle after a hit-and-run left two people dead.

The victims were crossing the street at Grandville Avenue and Oakes Street at 11:13 p.m. Saturday when they were hit by the westbound vehicle.

The victims' names are being withheld until family is notified, but police identified them as a 56-year-old man and woman.

At 11:15 a.m. Sunday, GRPD announced that it had received a tip that led officers to the black sedan involved in the hit-and-run. Police said both the suspect vehicle and the suspect driver were located and an arrest had been made in the case.

Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to call Grand Rapids police or Silent Observer.

GRPD said more details will be available during the coming week.

 

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8 comments

  • Tom T

    That’s a 25mph zone; the driver is very much at majority fault here. You’d be hard pressed to kill people at that speed unless you keep driving and run them under the car. Not to mention there are pedestrians EVERYWHERE. If you’re reading this, driver, and I know you likely are, turn yourself in. Have some respect and own up to your actions.

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  • big ott

    So many people, so many bars. I’m surprised we don’t see more of this. It would have been nice for the driver to stop and try to help the victims, but they were probably drunk and didn’t want to go to jail. Very sad.

    • Marie

      People in today’s society don’t give a damn. Plain and simple. No respect, don’t think laws pertain to them. It’s all about me, me , me.
      Two lives are lost because of the their total lack of intelligence and respect . Hope they go to prison for life. The families of the two innocent victims will be without them forever.

  • Marie

    People in today’s society don’t give a damn. Plain and simple. No respect, don’t think laws pertain to them. It’s all about me, me , me.
    Two lives are lost because of the their total lack of intelligence and respect . Hope they go to prison for life. The families of the two innocent victims will be without them forever.

  • lml25

    Oakes street and any other street that intersects it–after dark–is not the place to be.It’s the dividing line between Mel Trotter people and a partially remodeled area of GR.There was a shooting earlier in the year on Oakes.There was another last year.
    Hit and run(possibly drunk) drivers or transients,two reasons to avoid THAT particular part of GR–imho–at that hour.The victims could have been drifters themselves–no info on that yet.

  • JERRY

    WATCH OUR COURT SYSTEM WITH THE HELP OF THE D A OFFICE PLEA THIS DOWN TO MAYBE 35 IN 25 ZONE AND THE GUY GETS 150.00 FINE AND 10 DAYS IN JAIL

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