By ANTHONY STONE
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR — An on-duty Taylor police officer struck and killed a pedestrian with his patrol vehicle on Goddard at Westlake Avenue about 1 a.m. Oct. 31.
According to Michigan State Police, the officer was responding to a call and was searching for an address on the left-hand side of the vehicle, when they struck a male pedestrian in the road. The patrol car was traveling at posted speeds at the time.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to a local hospital. A crash reconstructionist and Special Investigation Section detectives were assigned to the case.
Taylor Police Chief John Blair said the department would not release any information to the public and that the MSP is in charge of the investigation.
The on-scene investigation is complete, according to MSP. Car camera review, vehicle investigation, medical examiner, and prosecutors review are all pending. Updates could take up to six weeks.
“We do pass on our condolences to the deceased and his family,” Blair said. “We’re keeping them, as well as our officer involved, in our thoughts and prayers.”
MSP declined to comment and advised the public to follow its Twitter account for updates. MSP Second District handles public information in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties and can be found at @mspmetrodet.