KDPS searching for suspected car involved in hit and run

KDPS searching for suspected car involved in hit and run. (Photo Courtesy: Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Kalamazoo public safety released surveillance of the suspected car from a hit and run in downtown Kalamazoo.

KDPS officers are asking for help tracking down the driver of a Cadillac XLR, who they believe hit a man in downtown Kalamazoo early Friday and took off.

Newschannel 3's Alex Jokich reported with new details.

Police said they found Micha Mechling, Kalamazoo, lying in the middle of the street around 2:40 a.m. with a severe head injury. Kalamazoo Detectives have been able to pin down a description of the car they believe hit him.

Detectives believe the driver was in a Cadillac XLR and knew he hit someone on E. Michigan Ave. around 2:40 a.m. but didn't stop to help.

Police said Mechling suffered severe head trauma.

KDPS Lt. Brad Misner said, “It's very troubling. We have a victim here who is struggling for his life. To leave the scene like that is just appalling.”

Misner said they are actively searching for the hit and run driver and the pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together. Investigators said they found several small broken-off parts from the car on scene.

Misner said, “That part number came from an inner fender well from a 2004 to 2009 Cadillac XLR.”

The vehicle, they said, is corroborated by surveillance footage taken from a nearby business.

Misner said Mechling could've already been lying in the street when the car ran him over, based on the evidence left behind or lack thereof.

He said, “The car is a very low lying car, where there's no headlights there's no paint chips there's nothing like that that was left at the scene, so it's kind of telling our lab guy that the person might've already been on the ground.”

Police are urging the driver to turn himself in.

Misner said, “Running over a person you obviously are going to feel it so they know that they've done something or hit something so they need to come forward and talk to us.”

The driver faces up to five years in prison for not stopping to help.

If you know anything, or think that the Cadillac XLR looks familiar, please contact Kalamazoo Public Safety (269) 337-8120 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

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