November 28, 2014

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Man tells North Ridgeville police he ran over body in Michigan

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A man flagged down a North Ridgeville police officer where Interstate 480 meets the Ohio Turnpike and told him he had hit a person in Michigan.

Officer Jim Larkin said the man was driving possibly the last of several vehicles to run over the body of a 41-year-old man who was killed while apparently changing a tire in Farmington Hills, Mich.

The driver, of West Bloomfield Township, Mich., did not report what happened until he reached Ohio because he at first believed the remains were those of a deer, Larkin said. The man’s wife had called him to tell him about seeing the accident on the news, he said.

Michigan State Police identified the man who was killed as Daniel Armitage of West Bloomfield Township, according to a news release Thursday afternoon.

The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday that Armitage was an Ann Arbor firefighter.

The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. Thursday at Interstate 696 and Farmington Road in Farmington Hills, according to Michigan police.

Armitage had been changing a tire on the shoulder when he somehow ended up on the ground in the right lane of the highway and was hit by vehicles unable to avoid him, the statement said.

One vehicle crashed into the median trying to avoid the accident, and the occupants had minor injuries.

The scene of the accident is about 160 miles from North Ridgeville, and the man who pulled over to talk to Larkin did so about 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

The man told Larkin he had tried to avoid the remains on the road but could not.

“He was clearly shaken,” Larkin said.

Larkin said he passed along the man’s information to the Michigan State Police, who are investigating the accident. He said the man did not commit a crime, as his vehicle obviously was not the first to hit Armitage because the vehicle was undamaged.

Larkin said the underside of the man’s car had evidence on it that he had struck someone.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at 329-7123 or kfischer@chroniclet.com.