Police have a man in custody they say struck 54-year-old Martin Stott of Holt on M-21 at Struble Road in Lyons Township in Ionia County. The 54-year-old native of Lansing was working construction as a temp. Friday afternoon, he was holding the flag to warn drivers of the danger ahead.
Just before 6 p.m. police say the danger became a 39-year-old driver from Ionia. They say he hit Stott in Muir, and then continued to Montcalm. They say his vehicle was badly damaged and he was covered in windshield glass. He was stopped for driving under the influence.
Montcalm County officials called Ionia County Sheriff's deputies with news the vehicle, a Chevy Blazer, had damage that seemed consistent with a hit-and-run.
State police tell us the man they say caused the accident was driving on a suspended license with an open beer in the car when police arrested him. If convicted, they say this will be his third drunk driving offense.
Stott's family describes unimaginable anger.
"Obviously, because he was drunk and driving and he killed my brother, but because he just left him there. He just drove away," says Georgena Shaw, Martin's youngest sister.
He leaves behind his mother, six siblings, two sons, three grandchildren, and another on the way.
The suspect has been charged in Montcalm County on the drunk driving offense. He has not been charged in Ionia County for the hit-and-run.