Justin Lee

Mother Speaks Out After 14-Year-Old Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash

June 13, 2018 - 7:23 am

WIXOM (WWJ) - The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Wixom is speaking out following the arrest of a suspect.

Patti Warner Lee said her life will never be the same after losing her son Justin Lee, who was struck and killed while riding a bicycle along Potter Road, between Wixom and Beck, late Monday afternoon.  A suspect, identified as 21-year-old Miguel Cerda, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Lansing -- having been on the run for nearly 24 hours.  

"He sit my son and threw his body about 1,000 feet and he just kept driving," Warner Lee told WWJ's Jon Hewett. "I just can't believe he's gone. He was such a beautiful, handsome, funny, loving, friendly, affectionate person."

Witnesses say Cerda was speeding, trying to pass another vehicle, at the time he hit Lee. He continued driving after the collision, but not before witnesses were able to get his license plate number. Police later found the minivan at the Stratford Villa mobile home park in Commerce Township, where Cerda allegedly switched vehicles. Then, with the aid of another man, police say Cerda drove a truck to an apartment in Lansing. While he was hiding out, officers received a tip which eventually led to Cerda's arrest

While she doesn't believe the crash was intentional, Warner Lee feels Cerda should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"I see a kid, 21-years-old," she said. "But he didn't care when he killed my son and he never even stopped. He was speeding and in a hurry -- and now another person's life is over, too."

Wixom Police Chief Ron Moore says it might be until Thursday before investigators can forward a warrant request on to Oakland County prosecutors for formal charges.

"There's still a lot of work to do. They have to interview him, they have to obviously preserve his constitutional rights and attempt to interview him," said Moore. "There's a lot of work to be done when you put together a warrant package, especially in a case that's this tragic and of this magnitude."

Justin Lee was a student at Walled Lake Western High School.  A rally in his memory is planned for Wednesday night, with visitation services scheduled for the weekend at the Lynch Funeral Home in Walled Lake.