Police identify man killed in hit-and-run - WNEM TV 5

Police identify man killed in hit-and-run

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CARROLLTON TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Police continue to investigate after a man was hit and killed while riding his bike in Saginaw County. 

It happened on Sunday, Nov. 27 just before 6 p.m. on Mapleridge Road near Sunnyview Drive. 

Carrollton Township Police said a driver passing by saw a man down near the road and called 911.

When officers arrived they found 57-year-old Ernest Davenport, from Carrollton Township, dead and his bike nearby. Police said he had been hit by a vehicle. 

Davenport's neighbor, Edward O'Connell, was shocked to hear the news.

"I'd go over there and talk to him every once in awhile. He had a beautiful garden. He'd share the garden with everybody in the neighborhood and he was just a nice guy," O'Connell said.

Police Chief Craig Oatten said there was no physical evidence at the scene, which means no description of the vehicle or who was in it.

Police said the case is a mystery that will grow cold soon without some much needed tips.

"What we are doing is asking anybody who might've been in the area yesterday around that time to call this office if they saw anything at all," Oatten said.

Police are looking to the public for information. If you were in the area or know anything, call 989-754-9244. 

Davenport was released from prison a few years ago after serving 12 years for vehicular manslaughter.

His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when he struck a vehicle head on in 1998, killing William Keit. It was Christmas Eve.

"The way it happened, it happened so fast. I mean, one minute he was here. The next he was gone," said Karen Keit, widow.

When she heard the man who was responsible for her husband's death was killed in a hit-and-run, it brought back all the feelings of that night.

"I had chills so bad up my spine and I just started crying right away," Karen Keit said.

She said there was no joy in hearing of his death and she had forgiven him a long time ago.

"He destroyed my children's life and my life you know. I lost my husband, but I didn't want him to continue to do that. I wanted to move forward. I can't move forward unless I forgive," she said.

Davenport was a third offense drunk driver when he killed William Keit. He served 12 years in prison.

He was riding his bike on Sunday at the time of the hit-and-run because he was not allowed to drive.

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