Friends and family mourn Imlay City man amid search for alleged hit-and-run driver

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IMLAY CITY (WJRT) - (08/03/2018) - The man police say caused a deadly hit-and-run crash in Lapeer County on Friday morning remained on the loose around midnight.

Imlay City Police were trying to locate 47-year old Alexander Waschull, who allegedly was driving a Jeep that collided with a motorcycle on M-53 in front of Big Boy around 10 a.m.

The crash killed 54-year-old Rick Dahn of Imlay City.

"We saw the Jeep on top of the motorcycle and we saw the police cars," said Joann Fournier, who was working at Burger King on M-53 Friday morning when the crash took place.

Police were asking anyone who spots Waschull not to approach him, but to call 911 immediately. He's described as 6-foot-3, 250 pounds with hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a green T-shirt.

Imlay City police said Waschull was heading southbound on M-53 in his Jeep when he hit Dahn, who was northbound on his motorcycle.

Police Chief Scott Pike said it appears Waschull was going to the Big Boy restaurant with his 9-year-old son and the boy's mother was following in a vehicle behind him.

After the crash, Waschull stopped, took his son out of the car, passed the boy to his mother and then ran away on foot. Pike was not sure if Waschull is armed, but there were several loaded guns in the Jeep.

Waschull was about to be served with a personal protection order, which prohibits the possession of guns, so police believe that may be why he was carrying a number of guns.

Dahn's family and friends were mourning his loss Friday while the search for Waschull continued.

Back in April, Dahn purchased a 2018 Streetglide, the anniversary edition Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was riding Friday morning.

The mood was somber inside the Eagles' Club on Friday night, where Dahn was a trustee. He had just met with President Mike Thomas on Thursday night to discuss and help plan the club's pig roast on Saturday.

"It's kind of surreal," Thomas said. "He's a fun guy, never spoke bad about anybody. Good guy. Like to kid around too."

Thomas said he hopes the police find Waschull.

"Run like that, leave your kid to deal with it. What kind of person does that?" he said.

Dahn's older brother, Kurt Dahn, was at the Eagles' Club on Friday night remembering a man loved by many. Kurt said his brother leaves behind a lot of good friends and describes Rick as a man who was kind, outgoing and always willing to help others.

He hopes Waschull turns himself into police soon.

Pike believes Waschull is from Shelby Township in Macomb County or Algonac in St. Clair County.

He was listed as a financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial in Bloomfield Hills. By Friday evening, his photo and bio had been removed from the company's website.

Pike said employees at his office in Bloomfield Hills were sent home early Friday as a precautionary measure.

Schools in Imlay City went into secure mode on Friday, while police from multiple agencies combed the area searching for Waschull.

While Waschull has no record of any interaction with police in Imlay City, Pike said he has had contact with police in other jurisdictions for weapons offenses, domestic violence and disorderly conduct.

However, Pike said Waschull does not have any felony convictions.



 
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