PONTIAC, MI – The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Pontiac Substation is seeking the public’s assistance in obtaining information related to a fatal hit and run accident which has now been ruled to be a homicide by the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office. The victim, Brandon Hardin, was a 40 year old man from Pontiac.
On October 29, 2017, at 1:13am, Deputies and the Waterford Regional Fire Department responded to a report of a pedestrian injury accident on Auburn Road near Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. According to the caller who contacted the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, there was a male subject at the location who had been struck by a vehicle and was not moving. The responsible vehicle had fled the scene and did not stop. The vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident was described as an older model, dark colored full-size sedan. Paramedics from Star EMS arrived on scene and administered life-saving measures to the victim. The victim suffered from severe head trauma and was transported to St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Deputies, along with the OCSO Crash Reconstruction Unit, spoke to witnesses who indicated the victim had been assaulted, possibly punched, by another subject in the 600 block of Auburn prior to the hit and run. The victim was knocked into the street by a subject and was subsequently, struck by an older model, dark colored full-size sedan. Witnesses believe the victim was unconscious as a result of the assault prior to being hit by the vehicle.
The suspect who is believed to have been involved in the assault was described as a black male in his 20’s between 5’5-6’0 with wavy hair and a light complexion. Detectives and crash investigators are continuing the investigation and are seeking information regarding the responsible driver who fled the scene and the suspect who was involved in the assault. Whether or not alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this incident is unknown at this time.
Anyone who has information on the subject involved in the altercation with the victim or the vehicle that fled the scene is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP. There is a reward of up to $2,500. You will remain anonymous.
In 2016, there were 16 homicides recorded within the City of Pontiac. To date, there have been five homicides within the City for 2017.