Poor Decisions Lead to Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Huron Township

NEW BOSTON, MI – On Wednesday November 14th , 2018 at 3:31p.m., the Huron Township Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of Inkster and West Roads an injury hit and run accident. MARK JEFFERY BARLEY.

Huron Township Police Officers responded and were on scene within 8 minutes. The officers located the suspect’s hit and run vehicle in the 27000 block of Bordeau Street. The driver (suspect) fled the scene on foot. A passenger in the suspect vehicle was injured and transported to a local hospital.

The Huron Township Police Department K9 Unit was off duty and called in to conduct a search for the suspect. The suspect was not located at that time. The suspect vehicle was impounded and taken as evidence. A neighborhood canvass was conducted, and witnesses were interviewed. Based on the investigation, the suspect was identified.

Following the K9 Track, at 6:01p.m., the K9 Unit was sitting stationary at a red light in the area of Vining and Sibley Roads. While stationary, a driver rear ended the K9 Patrol vehicle. The Huron Township Fire Department responded and the driver of the second vehicle was treated for minor injuries. The Michigan State Police responded to conduct an independent traffic investigation. The driver was cited and released. The crash had no direct connection to the initial hit and run accident.

At 6:47p.m., the Huron Township Police and Fire Departments were called to the area of King Road and Harrison for a report of a subject that had been struck by a vehicle. An Officer with the Huron Township Police Department was first on the scene, within 3 minutes, and administered CPR on the pedestrian until the Huron Township Fire Department arrived. The Huron Township Fire Department was on scene within 5 minutes of the initial call and took over medical care of the pedestrian. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Prior to the call in which a driver reported hitting the pedestrian, the Huron Township Dispatch Center received multiple calls about a person dressed in all black walking in and out of the roadway. The Huron Township Police were on the way to attempt to locate him at the time that the call came in that he had been struck.

The driver that struck the pedestrian stopped immediately and fully cooperated with the investigation. No charges are expected to be filed against the driver. The Michigan State Police Downriver Crash Team responded and assisted with the fatal investigation.

The on-scene investigation revealed and identified that the deceased pedestrian was the suspect in the above hit and run accident that had fled the scene at 3:31p.m. Alcohol and/or drugs initially appear to be a factor in the crash as it relates to the victim.

The victim has been identified as Mark Jeffrey Barley, 55-years-old, of Huron Township.  His next of kin has been notified.

It is unfortunate that this reached the conclusion that it did. My thoughts go out not only to the family of the deceased, but also to the driver of the vehicle that had the unfortunate circumstance to be in that place at that time. The sad reality is what started as a simple crash ended in a tragedy that could have been avoided.

This was an ultimate day of teamwork within our public safety team, starting with our dispatch staff.
They pulled together and did a great job making sure that everyone was safe and where they needed to be. Throughout these calls we had numerous other calls such as a suicidal person and multiple medical calls. I always say that our dispatchers are the glue that holds our public safety department together and they certainly lived up to that billing over the last 24 hours.” -Director Everette Robbins

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