SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a teenager killed on a Michigan highway had run away from a home for troubled youth.
It happened shortly before 6 a.m. Friday on Interstate 94 near 26 Mile Road in Sheridan Township, near Marshall.
A Calhoun County sheriff’s deputy said the victim is a 17-year-old boy from Flint who ran away from the Starr Commonwealth home, about four miles away from the crash scene.
Witnesses told deputies the teenager was walking westbound on the shoulder of eastbound I-94 when he was hit by a minivan.
The teenager was dead at the scene when authorities arrived.
The driver of the minivan, a 49-year-old man from Auburn, Indiana, had minor injuries.
Authorities shut down eastbound Interstate 94 near 22 1/2 Mile Road following the incident.
The highway reopened shortly before 9:30 a.m.
The incident remains under investigation. However, deputies do not believe speed or alcohol played roles in the crash.
Starr Commonwealth released this statement on Friday:
“It is with great sadness that we report the tragic death of one of our Starr Albion Prep students early Friday morning. Every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety and security of all our students.
“A response team is in place and additional staff are on campus to help our students and staff through this difficult time.
“We are working in full cooperation with law enforcement on the investigation into the incident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the child involved in this tragedy.”