Desmond Robinson (Booking Photo)

Man Charged In Hit-And-Run Death Of Wayne County Sheriff's Sergeant

August 18, 2018 - 10:17 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - A 47-year-old Detroit man has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of a Wayne County Sheriff's sergeant who was struck and dragged while jogging at Hines Park.

Desmond Robinson was arraigned Saturday on multiple charges, including reckless driving causing death, failure to stop at an injury accident scene causing death, and tampering with evidence. He was remanded to jail without bond and will appear in the 18th District Court on Aug. 30 for a probable cause conference.

Sgt. Lee Smith
Sgt. Lee Smith (Photo: Wayne County Sheriff’s Office)

According to investigators, Sgt. Lee Smith was off duty at around 10 a.m. Tuesday, jogging westbound on the shoulder of Hines Drive, when a Buick Enclave traveling eastbound veered across the roadway and struck him. The vehicle dragged the sergeant a short distance, never stopping, before driving away from the scene. 

Robinson was arrested in Garden City around 5:30 a.m. Thursday and the vehicle involved in the crash was located about a half-hour later on Michigan Avenue in Inkster.

"By all accounts, Sgt. Smith was a dedicated, passionate, and skilled member of law enforcement who was going to retire soon," Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. "In the blink of an eye, the alleged actions of this defendant destroyed the lives of his family, friends, fellow officers, and the many others he had yet to positively influence."

Smith, a 26-year veteran of the force, is being remembered as a hero. He was honored with a Westland Police Department Certificate of Merit for helping evacuate people from a burning senior citizens center. A married father of a 28-year-old son, he was set to retire from the force in about a week. 

Visitation for Smith is from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit. The Funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greater Grace Temple.