Walking man killed in hit-run accident

Walking man killed in hit-run accident

There are 139 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jul 31, 2008, titled Walking man killed in hit-run accident. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A 31-year-old man died after being struck by a car just before 3 a.m. Thursday in this Ionia County town.

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Lowell

Deerfield, IL

#3 Jul 31, 2008
Troy was a awsome person. He was doing the right thing. And Things went wrong. I hope this person comes forward and accepts the consequences for their Actions. You are a very cold person to kill someone and leave them for Dead!Have a Heart and come forward!
Commentator

United States

#4 Jul 31, 2008
Troy was a great guy. He was easy to talk to and had a great sense of humor. My prayers go out to his family, as well as the friends who shared their lives with him. Please pray that the person who hit Troy has the strength to take responsibility and come forward, so that his family can someday celebrate his life and not dwell on his death.
MJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ

Grandville, MI

#6 Jul 31, 2008
Why was he out walking at 3am? Was he in the middle of a dark road? Perhaps he should also be held responsible for what happened! TV 8 we need more details....
long ago friend

Greenville, MI

#7 Jul 31, 2008
was this Troy Ward that had a brother named Mark and grew up in Belding?

“Fageddaboudit”

Since: Apr 08

Red Arrow Country

#8 Jul 31, 2008
MJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ wrote:
Why was he out walking at 3am? Was he in the middle of a dark road? Perhaps he should also be held responsible for what happened! TV 8 we need more details....
#1. He could have been walking from work. He could have been walking from a bar (better than driving)

#2. Where does it state that he was in the middle of the road?

#3. Regardless of WHY he was there, or WHAT part of the road he was in, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident, especially one that takes a life.

Troy sounds like he was well liked. Prayers to his family and friends.
Chaz

Zeeland, MI

#9 Jul 31, 2008
Lets assume that they were both drunk, who is at fault? Come on walking at 3 am, he should have some responsible for staying out of the way of a car. What was he wearing, reflective clothes? This is a sad story, but its not always the drivers fault for the accident, it is there fault for leaving him, that was totally wrong!!
MJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ

Grandville, MI

#11 Jul 31, 2008
Stroosinator wrote:
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#1. He could have been walking from work. He could have been walking from a bar (better than driving)
#2. Where does it state that he was in the middle of the road?
#3. Regardless of WHY he was there, or WHAT part of the road he was in, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident, especially one that takes a life.
Troy sounds like he was well liked. Prayers to his family and friends.
I never brought up "drunk" where did I write that....What I said is we need more details, TV 8 is not reporting enough info. An yes it is illegal to leave the scence, did I say it wasn't? NO NO NO ...

Please read before RUNNING YOUR BIG MOUTH WITH ATTITUDE!!!!!!!!!!
Commentator

United States

#13 Jul 31, 2008
Before you choose to use this forum as boxing ring, please remember that those who loved Troy will be reading it. Please be sensitive to their thoughts and feelings during this incredibly sad time.

Time and a place for everything.
Frank

Holton, MI

#15 Jul 31, 2008
After talking with Ionia County Sheriff's Office Lt. Mike Seinen, it appears alcohol was a factor. Ward had been drinking; to what degree is unknown, however. Officials believe he was walking to a friend's house.
So far, police have no idea what type of vehicle even struck him - truck, car, etc.. are all still potential - the only thing they have to go on is a muffler they believe belonged to the vehicle. They're trying to determine whether what it belonged to, but there's not so much as paint color at the scene right now.
There weren't even tire marks and officers don't believe the vehicle in question even slowed down. It surely didn't stop, before or after the accident.
Ironically, the scene is 85 ft. past a four-way intersection @ Hubbardston rd. and Stoney Creek Rd., so whoever was driving shouldn't have been driving fast unless they also ran the stop sign.
jeremy b

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Jul 31, 2008
1 - asking why he walking down the road? wtf does it matter if he walking down the road, if you run someone over and kill them wouldn't you have the decency to stop you idiot - think before you talk, troy was a great friend to TONS of people and will be missed, if you are gonna act stupid then stfu

Troy,*sigh*, you lived a great life, have a great family and friends who miss you - we'll miss our number one fan at states, we'll miss you at washers, we'll miss you as a person -
loveslife

United States

#17 Jul 31, 2008
how can a guy be responsible if he's dead? pretty sure even when your driving at night, you have ur lights on and you can prevent urself from hitting the guy. And for Troys family, some of these people are totally blind to what the truth really is, so don't let it get to. Remember good times... Hang in there prayers for your family!
ummm

Flat Rock, MI

#18 Jul 31, 2008
Commentator wrote:
Before you choose to use this forum as boxing ring, please remember that those who loved Troy will be reading it. Please be sensitive to their thoughts and feelings during this incredibly sad time.
Time and a place for everything.
Well said. My prayers are with the family.
Mortician

Lawrence, MI

#19 Jul 31, 2008
MJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ wrote:
Why was he out walking at 3am? Was he in the middle of a dark road? Perhaps he should also be held responsible for what happened! TV 8 we need more details....
He was held responsible, jackazs. He was killed. You don't get any more "personal accountability" than that.

What a moron!

Becky

Lansing, MI

#20 Jul 31, 2008
I am very famliar with this area, and it is a very dark area with high crossing of wildlife. I personally have seen several deer hit in this same stretch of road, and even a few years ago a man was killed because a car hit a deer and sent it into his windshield. The person that hit the deer didn't even realize what had happend. Maybe this driver didn't even realize that it was a person and not a deer. Don't get me wrong, I feel very sorry for the family, but I am sure there is much more to this story than any of us know.
Mortician

Lawrence, MI

#21 Jul 31, 2008
Chaz wrote:
Lets assume that they were both drunk, who is at fault?!
The one driving.

The one walking wasn't breaking the law.
Chaz

Zeeland, MI

#22 Jul 31, 2008
Mortician wrote:
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The one driving.
The one walking wasn't breaking the law.
Walking down the road 3 am, not giving the right of way to a car, breaking the law. that being said, not saying that is what happened, but at that time of day you have to assume that the car is not expecting to see a person walking, the person walking can see the car coming from far away and should be able to be out of the way, common sense
Becky

Lansing, MI

#23 Jul 31, 2008
No matter what the person walking was doing, by law it was the drivers fault.
tazgirl

Longmont, CO

#26 Jul 31, 2008
Wow People, How on this earth do you believe that Troy is at fault..Rather he was drinking or not, at least he was not driving a car..Why do all your pea brains start assuming the worst..The driver is at fault no matter what time of day it is. The person hit someone and left the sceen( even if it was an animal they still should have stopped). So to all those who believe the worst, just think if it was your family memember who was killed and lets see if you would still say the same thing..
I am praying for Troy's family and friends and hope you all stick together during this difficult time..
dawn

United States

#27 Jul 31, 2008
"Peace be with Troys family,You will be in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.This precious man *Troy* will Shine Like The Sun in the Kingdom of our Father...[I also have 2 grown sons..I love them more than I love myself.]...I cannot imagine how the person that did this to Troy can live with himself or herself...pretty darn sad!!!!"
rusty

Madison, WI

#28 Jul 31, 2008
I'd be willing to bet that alcohol played a part on both sides of this fence. That's the saddest part of all.Alcohol destroys so many lives.I lost a very good friend last year because he decided to drink and drive.Prayers to all families becaused lives are now changed forever.

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