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$2,500 Reward Offered In Teen's Hit-And-Run Death

August 11, 2018 - 2:14 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Authorities are hoping a $2,500 cash reward will be enough to encourage someone to turn in the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 15-year-old in Detroit. 

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at E. 7 Mile Road and Caldwell Street, near Mound Road on the city's east side. Family members say Jerry Grasty, Jr. was walking home from a gas station with his sister and cousin, and while crossing the street was struck by a silver SUV, possibly a Chevy model. Grasty went flying through the air and was fatally injured.

The driver fled the scene, leaving the teen for dead. 

Gratsy was a ninth grader at Detroit's Osborne High School, the third oldest of eight siblings, and enjoyed helping his family. Although he was a severe asthmatic, with one working lung, he started a business repairing bikes, cutting grass, and providing snow removal services.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.