Man charged in fatal hit-and-run of Taylor Auxiliary Police Lt. Dan Kromer

A 40-year-old Dearborn man faces six counts – including second-degree murder – in connection with the fatal car crash that took the life of Taylor Auxiliary Police Lt. Dan Kromer.

Nino Edward Delpiano has been charged with:

  • Second-degree murder, which carries of maximum life prison sentence
  • Manslaughter with a motor vehicle (15 years)
  • Driving with license suspended causing death (15 years)
  • Leaving the scene of an at-fault accident (15 years)
  • Causing death to emergency response personnel while by a stationary vehicle giving visual signal (15 years)
  • Fourth-degree habitual offender, which means that upon conviction the judge has the discretion to enhance his sentence of up to life in prison.

The charges were announced by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy on Saturday afternoon at the Taylor Police Department. Prosecutor Worthy and Chief of Police Dale Tamsen were surrounded by members of the Taylor Police Department during the announcement.

Lt. Kromer, a 20-year member of the all-volunteer Auxiliary Police Department, was assisting a stranded motorist the evening of September 7, 2010, when he was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on I-94. Delpiano is alleged to have been driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle struck Lt. Kromer. He then failed to stop at the scene of the crash.

Taylor Fire Department rescue provided emergency aid to Lt. Kromer at the scene and transported him to a local hospital, where he died from injuries sustained during the crash. Lt. Kromer was 54 years old.

Prosecutor Worthy said Delpiano faces formal arraignment on the charges Sunday in 34th District Court in Romulus. She said more details leading up to the arrest would be announced at that time.

The death of Lt. Kromer occurred 46 days after the death of Cpl. Matthew Edwards, who was shot and killed while investigating a reported burglary on July 23. Cpl Edwards was the first Taylor police officer killed in the line of duty. Lt. Kromer was the first auxiliary police officer killed in the line of duty.

“It is an unimaginable tragedy for the Taylor police and the City of Taylor that they have lost two fine law-enforcement officers in less than a few months to violence,” Prosecutor Worthy said. “In this case, the defendant allegedly struck Lt. Kromer and left him like a dog on the side of the road. This was an unjust end for a man who sacrificed his life to help others.”

Chief of Police Dale Tamsen called the deaths in his department “devastating.”

“This arrest comes as a huge relief for our department and for Lt. Kromer’s family,” Chief Tamsen said. “I am extremely proud of our officers who worked 24 hours a day resulting in these charges. We have been through a lot in the past two months, but our department is stronger than ever.”

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for Lt. Dan Kromer. Visitation is scheduled at Martenson Funeral Home, 10915 Allen Road, Allen Park. General public visitation is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 14, and 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 15.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, September 16, at the Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor. Lt. Kromer will be in state at 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow at noon.
 
There will be no procession to the cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Family of Dan Kromer in care of the Thin Blue Line at any PNC Bank, Account 4244506-209.

Inquiries can be made to Martenson Funeral Home at (313) 386-6600.

Nino Edward Delpiano



Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy displays a photo of Taylor Auxiliary Police Lt. Dan Kromer, who died in the line of duty.

Chief of Police Dale Tamsen tells the media that the deaths of two officers has been "devastating." Officers, Mayor Jeffrey P.
Lamarand and representatives from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office surround Chief Tamsen.