By J. PATRICK PEPPER
DEARBORN — Gerald Bojanowski almost made it to the veterans’ fundraiser at American Legion Post 364, 3001 Telegraph, Sept. 12.
But as he turned his 1993 Harley-Davidson motorcycle into the driveway of his destination, his trip – and his life – ended prematurely.
Police say Bojanowski, 56, of Dearborn Heights, was killed when a black 2005 Saturn VUE sport utility vehicle plowed into him from behind as he was making the right turn. Witnesses said the driver of the VUE stopped behind the Valvoline Oil Change at Princeton and Telegraph to check for damage to his vehicle before he realized he was being watched and fled.
Now police are looking for help bringing Bojanowski’s killer to justice. The suspect vehicle’s license plate is BWU-0523 and may have a Michigan State University license plate frame around it. The vehicle identification number is 5GZCZ63495S852414.
Witnesses described the vehicle as having black, after-market chrome rims and moderate front-end damage from the crash.
The driver is described as a white male approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall. At the time of the crash the driver was wearing a gray shirt, red shorts and sunglasses.
A local television station reported that the vehicle is registered to a 33-year-old Dearborn Heights man, although he was not a suspect as of press time. Hooper does have several violations on his driving record, however, including a prohibited turn, disobeying a stop sign and careless driving, the report said.
Anyone who has seen the Saturn, which police believe may have been abandoned in a garage, scrapyard, vehicle storage or repair facility, is asked to call Dearborn police at (313) 943-2241.