Pickup owner in fatal hit-and-run has impaired driving history

A photo of the pickup truck that allegedly struck a man on Apple Avenue. (Feb. 6, 2015)


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The pickup truck that allegedly struck a man on Apple Avenue — the first of two vehicles to hit him — is owned by a Muskegon-area man with a record of impaired driving, state records show.

Prosecutors wouldn’t say whether the 35-year-old man who owns the pickup was the man behind the wheel. He was convicted of impaired driving in 2005 in Kalamazoo County, records show.

The pickup struck 28-year-old Rory Robinson about 11 p.m. Saturday as he walked to his girlfriend’s house. The driver has not been charged.

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

He came forward on Thursday, five days after the crash, and turned over his vehicle — a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado.

The truck, still marked up with yellow police tape, has damage to the right front end, including a broken grill and missing headlights. The top of the hood on the passenger side has dents almost reaching the windshield.

“We wanted him to come forward and speak with the police, which he’s done,” Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat said. “He’s actually been very cooperative.”

Maat wouldn’t say whether the driver is claiming he didn’t know he’d hit somebody.

“I can’t go into what he has said as far as the reasons he didn’t come forward, but obviously that is something we are going to be looking at,” Maat said.

The second driver, Ronna Lifer, 33, of Muskegon, stayed after running over the victim with her car.

A photo of the pickup truck that allegedly struck a man on Apple Avenue. (Feb. 6, 2015)
A photo of the pickup truck that allegedly struck a man on Apple Avenue. (Feb. 6, 2015)

She is charged with driving under the influence of drugs causing serious injury, which carries up to 5 years in prison. Police say she admitted taking six Norco pain pills and smoking marijuana that night. They also found marijuana on her and in her car.

Prosecutors said charges against the first driver could include leaving the scene of a fatal crash, which carries up to 15 years in prison.

“I’d like to know what condition he was in before he started driving and after the accident occurred,” Maat said.

He said police were awaiting toxicology tests on the victim and the first driver. They also were waiting for autopsy reports to determine which impact likely killed Robinson.

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