Oxford Man Charged In Hit-And-Run Death Of Man Holding Sign

It's alleged he dragged the victim 150 ft. while fleeing

WWJ News
September 16, 2019 - 3:25 pm
Matthew Bockart

Matthew Christian Bockart (Booking photo)

DETROIT (WWJ) - An Oakland County man is facing felony charges, accused of hitting, killing and dragging a man in Detroit. 

Matthew Christian Bockart of Oxford was arraigned in 34th District Court Saturday in connection with the death of Aubrey Blakely the afternoon of Sept. 11. 

Prosecutors allege that the 28-year-old defendant was driving recklessly when he jumped a curb and struck Blakely at Gratiot Ave. and Linnhurst St., where the 65-year-old victim was holding a sign to promote an oil change business. 

It is further alleged, prosecutors say, that Bockhart's vehicle dragged the victim’s body about 150 feet as he fled the crash scene. 

Bockhart, who was arrested Sept. 12, is charged with one count of Reckless Driving Causing Death, and one count of Failure to Stop at Scene of Accident - When at Fault-Causing Death. 

Bond was set at $50,000, 10%, on the condition that he wear a GPS tether if he's released.

Bockhart will be back in court for  a Probable Cause Conference scheduled on Sept. 24, following by a Preliminary Examination set for Oct. 1.