Hit-and-run driver strikes Taylor officer on I-94

TAYLOR, MICHIGAN -- Taylor police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of a vehicle that struck a Taylor officer who was assisting a motorist on the I-94 Freeway and then fled the scene.

The incident occurred at 8:59 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, on the shoulder of westbound I-94 at Monroe in Taylor. Police said the officer was providing assistance to a motorist whose vehicle had stalled when the officer and the idled car were struck by a white car described as a possible late 1990s or early 2000 model Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis or similar model.

The hit-and-run vehicle fled west on I-94 and exited at U.S. 24, Telegraph Road.

Investigators said the vehicle will have heavy front-end damage and possibly passenger-side damage. The officers said the vehicle is believed to have damage to the passenger-side headlight, turn signal and windshield. The car also could have maroon paint that transferred from the stalled car to the hit-and-run vehicle upon impact.

A witness told police that the car had a Michigan “sunset-style” license plate.

The officer’s name is being withheld. The driver of the stalled vehicle was not injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Taylor Police Department at (734) 287-6611.