Detroit Man Charged In Double Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash

WWJ News
May 22, 2020 - 12:24 pm
Shawn Patterson

Shawn Patterson (Photo: Detroit Police)


(WWJ) A young man is facing multiple felony charges after police say he ran a stop sign, causing a crash that killed two people in Detroit.

Shawn A. Patterson, 22, of Detroit was arraigned in 36th District Court Friday in connection with the alleged crime just before noon on April 26, on the city's west side.

According investigators, Patterson was driving a Dodge Charger southbound on Baylis St., approaching Pilgrim St., when he disregarded a stop sign and crashed into a car driven by Leon Freeman of Hazel Park, with Teon Williams of Detroit in the passenger seat.

Patterson's car flipped over, but he was able to get out, police said, then fleeing the scene on foot. 

Freeman, 26, and Williams, 33, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Patterson was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation by Detroit police. 

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged him with two counts each of Reckless Driving Causing Death; Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Causing Death and Moving Violation Causing Death.

“Fatal car crashes have increased exponentially over the past year, most as a result of carelessness, recklessness, or gross negligence by the driver that caused the event.This is a disturbing trend that can be slowed if every driver follows the rules that they learned when they were first licensed," Worthy said in a statement, adding: "This must stop.”

Bond was set at $20,000 cash/surety and Patterson's next court appearance, a Probable Cause Conference, was scheduled for May 29.