No tips: Flint police seek help solving deadly hit-and-run cases

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FLINT (WJRT) (3/13/2019) - Police say they are little closer to solving a pair of deadly hit-and-run crashes more than two weeks after the crimes.

Zachary Barker died just before 7 p.m. Feb. 22 when a white or light colored Chrysler PT Cruiser or Chevrolet HHR hit him on West 12th Street near Brooks Street.

"Zachary is someone's son, someone's brother, potentially someone's father and the family deserves to know what happened," said Flint Police Det. Sgt. Tyrone Booth.

He said investigators haven't received any tips, so they have little to go on to solve the case.

"Anyone that may have witnessed anything, anyone who may live next door to someone who own a car like that, that no longer have the car or the car is parked in the garage or backyard, someone may have critical information that'll help us solve this crime or bring the person who's responsible for it to justice," Booth said.

The PT Cruiser or HHR involved likely has front-end damage.

"We're just hoping, in this case, to bring some closure to a family who is suffering from a very violent loss," Booth said.

Flint police also are working bring closure for the family of Mariah Boli and the three kids that were in her backseat the afternoon of Feb. 28.

Booth said just before 5 p.m. that day, Boli lost control of her car while driving down North Saginaw Street. She crashed into a utility pole and died.

The 5-year-old girl who was in the car remains in critical condition while two other children ages 2 and 3 are both OK.

"We'd like to know more about this," Booth said. "We don't have much on it and we would really like to know what happened out there that day."

He said Boli was speeding, but it's not clear why. Was another car involved at some point? Did they run her off the road?

"Those are all possibilities. We need more information and what people may have seen will help answer those questions," Booth said.

These are just two traffic cases Flint Police have handled recently. Booth said they're seeing an uptick, likely due to distracted driving.

He explained officers are ticketing drivers, but it's difficult for them to correct bad driving habits.

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