Hit-and-run victim dies, police search for driver

An undated photo of Rory Robinson. (Courtesy Robinson's family)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — When a driver ran over a man lying on a busy street in Muskegon late Saturday, it appeared to be an accident. It was dark, and the victim was wearing dark clothes.

But evidence left behind shows she wasn’t the first to hit 28-year-old Rory Robinson that night, police said.

Now, Muskegon police are looking for the first driver, who took off.

Robinson’s mom said she believes her son would have lived if that first driver had stopped to help.

“I’m devastated that that happened to him,” Tammy Robinson said. “A person hit him and just kept driving and wouldn’t stop.”

Robinson was walking from the Sunnymart store on Apple Avenue to his girlfriend’s house just a few blocks away when he was first struck about 11 p.m. Saturday. He was hit on Apple, just east of Stevens Street. Police said they believe he was crossing the street.

Nobody has come forward to say they witnessed that crash.

They believe the impact knocked Robinson to the pavement, where he was then struck by a second vehicle. The woman in that second car stopped.

“She did her due diligence,” said Muskegon Public Safety Director Jeffrey Lewis. “She stopped as she should and reported what transpired.”

A short time later, though, police found broken car parts that show Robinson had been hit twice. “We found some front end pieces that did not come from her vehicle,” Lewis said.

So far, all they know is they came from a 1994 to 2000 Chevy Tahoe, Suburban or truck. They don’t know what color.

An example photo of the front of the type of vehicle investigators are searching for. (Courtesy Muskegon Police Dept.)
An example photo of the front of the type of vehicle investigators are searching for. (Courtesy Muskegon Police Dept.)

Robinson’s family is devastated. They say he had recently returned to school to get his GED. He was living with his mom, who says she wants her son’s killer caught.

“I would ask him why did he hit him and just keep driving and didn’t stop?” she said.

The victim’s brother has a message for the hit-and-run driver.

“Just turn yourself in, you don’t need to be running,” Antwan Robinson said, “It’s going to make things harder. The fact that you hit my brother and kept going was a total disrespect to all humanity, just to disregard one man’s life for your own personal gains.”

The victim’s mom said her family is struggling with how to pay for her son’s funeral, though so far no fund has been set up.

If anyone has information on the accident, please call the Muskegon Police Department at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7463.


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