By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
A 55-year-old Huron Township man was killed Wednesday evening after he was hit by a motorist on King Road.
Mark Barley was pronounced dead at the scene after police responded to the area of King Road and Harrison at 6:47 p.m.
Police say Barley had fled the scene of a hit and run accident earlier in Huron Township before he was hit and killed while walking on King Road.
Upon arrival within three minutes of a 911 call reporting the King Road accident, police administered CPR to Barley before Huron Township Fire Department paramedics arrived two minutes later and took over medical care.
The driver that struck Barley stopped immediately and fully cooperated with the investigation, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.
No charges are expected to be filed against the driver, who was determine to be not involved in the earlier hit and run that Barley fled from.
The Michigan State Police Downriver Crash Team responded and assisted with the accident investigation.
Robbins said just minutes prior to the 911 call reporting the hit pedestrian, the Huron Township Dispatch Center received multiple calls about a person dressed in all black walking in and out of the roadway on King Road.
Police were on the way to attempt to locate Barley when a call came in reporting that he had been struck.
After an investigation, Robbins said Barley was identified as the driver in a hit and run accident that occurred earlier Wednesday afternoon where one person was injured.
At 3:31 p.m., police and fire personnel were dispatched to the area of Inkster and West Roads for a hit and run.
Officers responded and were on scene within eight minutes.
Police located the suspect’s hit and run vehicle in the 27000 block of Bordeau Street.
The driver, later identified as Barley, fled the scene on foot.
A passenger in Barley’s vehicle was injured and transported to a local hospital.
The Huron police K9 unit was off duty and called in to conduct a search for Barley but he was not located at that time.
His vehicle was impounded and taken as evidence.
A neighborhood canvass was conducted and witnesses were interviewed.
Alcohol and/or drugs initially appear to have been in Barley’s system at the time of his death, Robbins said.
“It is unfortunate that this reached the conclusion that it did. My thoughts go out not only to the family of the deceased, but also to the driver of the vehicle that had the unfortunate circumstance to be in that place at that time. The sad reality is what started as a simple crash ended in a tragedy that could have been avoided,” he said.
“This was an ultimate day of teamwork within our public safety team, starting with our dispatch staff. They pulled together and did a great job making sure that everyone was safe and where they needed to be. Throughout these calls we had numerous other calls such as a suicidal person and multiple medical calls. I always say that our dispatchers are the glue that holds our public safety department together and they certainly lived up to that billing over the last 24 hours.”