Hit and run victim killed in Grand River; Crime Stoppers offers $5,000 reward

The family of a hit and run victim who was killed in late October is desperate for justice – and now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for the information.

Dorian Nelson was struck and killed crossing the Grand River near Maplewood at 11:30 p.m. on October 28. The driver was driving a light-colored 2015 or 2016 Ford F-150 with an extended cab.

Nelson. 46, was fatally injured by the F-150, which continued to roll. Crime Stoppers announces a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the driver responsible for the hit-and-run.

“I never thought my family would start the holiday season begging the community to come together to help us find that driver who killed my brother,” Frelicia Nelson-Crawford said.

“Please help us, if you know something, say something,” Nelson’s mother Yvonne said.

“Dumps, scrapyards, car dealerships, anyone knows something,” Frelicia added. “My mother stays in the area and drove by the scene of the accident not knowing that it was her son who was lying there.”

This mother can’t believe someone would be so bold to leave the scene of the incident and not look back.

“You just left him on the street like he was a plastic bag and carried on,” she said.

Dorian’s father also pleads for justice.

“I just posted a $5,000 reward because someone (saw) you and they’re going to take that reward back, and you’re going to jail where you need to be,” he said.

If you have information, contact the Detroit Police at (313) 267-4600 or Crime Stoppers at 1800 SPEAK-UP which offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information less than driver arrest .

Dorian Nelson, victim of a hit-and-run.

Mark M. Gagnon