Friends, family plea for help solving deadly hit-and-run crash, $3K reward offered

Friends and family members are pleading for help solving a deadly hit-and-run crash.
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 1:55 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 2:45 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) - Friends and family members are pleading for help solving a deadly hit-and-run crash.

“He was a joy to be around,” said Dalila Alexander, Lonnie Williams’ cousin. “He was charismatic. He was fun. He was full of life.”

A $3,000 cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the death of Lonnie Williams, 52. Crime Stoppers is contributing $2,500, while Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley is adding $500 to the reward.

“My family and I will be adding an additional $500 to that,” Neeley said. “Until we get you off the street, until we find you, until we get closure for this family and this community, we will continue to come for you.”

About 10:20 p.m. on May 30, Williams was struck from behind by a vehicle while on his motorcycle on Stewart Avenue near Clio Road in Flint. Williams died three days later from his injuries.

“He slowed down to let somebody out of their driveway and a car came from behind and hit him, left him for dead,” said Julie Lopez, director of Flint and Genesee County Crime Stoppers.

The suspect fled the scene after the crash. Investigators are searching for a 1999 to 2006 gold or silver GMC Yukon.

Flint Police Sgt. Tyrone Booth said the vehicle description is based on car parts taken from the location where Williams was hit. Booth is pleading with the public for help.

“Don’t hesitate calling because the small amount of evidence that you may have access to could be the key in solving the case,” Booth said.

Friends and family members are pleading for help solving a deadly hit-and-run crash.
Friends and family members are pleading for help solving a deadly hit-and-run crash.(Crime Stoppers of Flint and Genesee County)

As for Alexander, she said her family is grieving their sudden loss every day.

“He will be dearly, dearly missed,” Alexander said. “So if you could please help our family, we would appreciate it. Thank you.”

Anyone with more information about the crash can send an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-422-JAIL. Only tips received through Crime Stoppers that help lead to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward.

Williams served as a member of Flint’s blight department, according to Neeley.