DETROIT, MI – It was just a matter of time that most had projected that someone would end up being killed on an ATV that is driven on a city street of Detroit. This has become a common practice to ride ATV’s in the City of Detroit, though illegal. This time it claimed the life of a 21-year-old.
On Sunday May 2nd, 2021, at approximately 9:25 p.m., in the area of Vernor and Dix, a 21-year-old man was attempting to pass a Dodge Durango driven by a 29-year-old woman when he clipped her vehicle, causing him to fall off of his ATV.
He was transported to a local hospital by medics where he was pronounced Dead Upon Arrival.
The female driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police.
The most notable ATV crash involved 15-year-old Damon Grimes. He was tased by Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner during a chase while Grimes was on his ATV in August of 2017 on the city’s east side.
Bessner was a passenger in a moving patrol car when he fired his taser at the teen during the chase. Grimes slammed into the back of a parked truck and died from his injuries.
Bessner was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison.
Damon Grimes family reached a settlement of $12 million in a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Michigan State Police.
Going back as far as November of 2014, WXYZ did a report called ‘Renegade Riders terrorizing streets of Detroit’:
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Detroit Police Department’s Fatal Squad Unit at 313-596-2260.