Miguel A ibarra Cerda

photo: Wixom Police

Police Arrest Man Wanted In Wixom Teen's Hit-And-Run Death

June 12, 2018 - 3:19 pm
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WIXOM (WWJ) - Police say a man who fled after striking and killing a 14-year-old boy who was riding his bike has been arrested.

The suspect -- identified as 21-year-old Miguel A. Ibarra Cerda -- was located in Lansing late Tuesday afternoon, according to police, and taken into custody without incident. 

Police said Cerda was caught on home security video in the area shortly after the fatal crash, parking his minivan at the Stratford Villa mobile home park in Commerce Township. Moments later, Cerda and another man fled the scene in another vehicle, a newer model, black Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra. 

"We have reason to believe that (Cerda) was the driver of the blue Honda Odyssey that struck and killed young Justin," said Wixom Public Safety Director Ron Moore.

"We also have reason to believe that he may be leaving the country," he added, adding to reporters that the suspect may be on his way to Mexico. 

Moore said numerous federal agencies were involved in the search, including the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He says the break in the case came from a citizen. 

"Someone came to our station today, right around noon, an assoicate of Miguel's - and essentially said, 'I have knowledge that he's in the Lansing area,'" says Moore. "And he was willing to help us."

Police say 14-year-old Justin Lee was hit by a vehicle while riding a bike in the area of Potter and Wixom Roads at around 6 p.m. Monday. The driver, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, took off. Lee was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Justin Lee

"This is a heart wrenching story. I take it very personal, as the public safety director. We are very sorrowful and sad for the family of Justin Lee," said Moore. "We have set everything else aside and I want the public to know that this is top priority for the Wixom Police Department."

Grief counselors are being made available for Lee's classmates at Walled Lake Western High School.