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Man found deceased on shoulder of U.S. 131 identified

UPDATE: Allegan County Sheriff’s Office reports the deceased pedestrian from the Dec. 21 crash has been identified as Roky Ines Vasquez-Vasquez, a 24-year -old Grand Rapids area man. The vehicle driver’s name will not be released pending a review by the prosecutor’s office when the investigation is complete, officials said. 

The case remains under investigation,

 

ORGINAL STORY:

At about 8:50 a.m. Friday, Allegan County deputies responded to a call of an individual lying on the shoulder of U.S. 131 just north of the Wayland exit and found a man with obvious signs of trauma. EMS personnel determined he was dead and the injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle. Initial crash reconstruction investigation agreed with the observation. 

 

The investigation determined a vehicle that had been reported driving erratically on northbound U.S. 131 about 2:15 a.m. and had crashed in the same area. The driver had fled and couldn’t be located. Information found on the deceased man confirmed he was likely the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash.

The man was wearing dark clothing with no reflective surfaces and would have been extremely difficult to see in the full darkness.

 

Later, around 5:30 a.m., a car/deer crash was reported in the immediate area. Officers arrived and could not locate a deer, but officials said the vehicle had damage consistent with hitting a deer and not another car or hard object. In the darkness nothing else was located in the immediate area, which is not uncommon.

 

The crash is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office; the driver of the vehicle in the car/deer crash is cooperating with investigators. Names of individuals will not be released pending family notifications. Updates will be forthcoming, but may be delayed by the Christmas holiday.

 

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Michigan State Police and the Wayland police department, EMS and fire department.  

 

 

 

 

 

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