The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information from the public to help solve a cold case from 2002.
Sunday, June 16, 2002 at about 10:15 p.m., a hit and run fatality occurred in Berlin Township. Gordon W Cozat,70, of Coleman, was stopped on Jordan Lake Road south of the intersection of West David Highway attempting to get directions from a vehicle that was stopped directly behind him.
As he was standing at the driver’s window speaking with the driver, Cozat was stuck and subsequently killed, by a northbound vehicle, described as a “light” colored 1994-2000 GMC truck, Yukon or Chevrolet Suburban. After the truck struck Cozat, it was last seen traveling westbound toward the Village of Saranac on West David Highway at a high rate of speed. The fleeing truck would have had minimal damage to the right front of the vehicle, with a missing or broken right front marker light.
Since the time of the crash very few leads have been generated on the case. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information on the case to contact Detective Brent Denny at 616-527-5737 or Silent Observer at 616-527-0107. A $5000 reward is being offered leading to the arrest and prosecution of the driver.