Driver Wanted After Woman Suffers Life-Altering Injuries In Hit-And-Run

WWJ News
November 07, 2019 - 1:14 pm
Carmelita Hinton

Carmelita Hinton (Photo: Crime Stoppers)

DETROIT (WWJ) - A young woman living with muscular dystrophy was seriously injured when she was hit by a car Detroit's west side. Now more two months later, the hit-and-run driver remains at large. 

According to investigators, Carmelita Hinton (pictured above) was returning home from the store in her wheelchair, in the area of W. McNichols at Hartwell St., at 10:50 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. 

As when she went to cross on the south side of McNichols, midway in the intersection she noticed headlights coming toward her. At that moment, the suspect vehicle hit Hinton, knocking her out of her wheelchair.

Reaching out for tips in the case, Crime Stoppers says it's important to note that Hinton was wearing her hi-vis vest at the time, and also waited her turn before crossing the street. 

Police said the driver did not stop at the scene, leaving Hinton lying in the roadway.

As a result of the crash, Hinton sustained several life-altering injuries that will forever affect her livelihood, officials said. 

Hinton, who was educated in the Detroit Public Schools, enjoys spending her days at the library and going to the park with friends.

Before this tragic incident, she was planning to enroll in college with the goal to become an advocate for people who have muscular dystrophy by studying meteorology. This was the best way she thought she could help people with this condition as weather is an important determinant for those like her.

Police have said they believe the suspect vehicle is a Chevy Camaro, although there is no description of the driver as this time. 

As the investigation continues, a cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. 

Anyone who may be able to identify the wanted driver or who has any information that could help investigators should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587). Tips may also be submitted online at this link. As always, tipsters may stay 100 percent anonymous, will not be asked their names, to speak to police or to testify in court.