IMLAY CITY (WJRT) (8/3/2018) – Imlay City police are looking for a man who hit and killed a motorcyclist Friday morning, then fled the scene after ditching his vehicle.
The crash happened around 10 a.m. on M-53 north of Newark Road.
Police say Alexander Waschull was driving south on M-53 and attempting to turn left into the Big Boy restaurant at Newark Road when he crashed into the motorcyclist traveling northbound.
The motorcyclist, an Imlay City man in his 50s, died at the scene.
Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike said investigators believe Waschull was going to Big Boy with his family for a meal when the crash happened.
After the collision, Waschull got out of his Jeep, removed his 9-year-old son from the vehicle, passed him to the child's mother who was riding in a vehicle behind them and took off running on foot.
Pike said investigators found a number of loaded firearms in the Jeep. They are not sure whether Waschull is armed and he may be in an altered mental state, so anyone who sees him should consider him dangerous.
As of 6 p.m., Imlay City police had no trace of Waschull and had few clues to his whereabouts.
He is described as 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds with hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt.
"If they spot him, let us know for the suspect's well-being as well," Pike said. "He's out there. I don't know what's going to happen next with him."
He hopes Waschull will just turn himself in and let the legal process "take its course."
Waschull has been involved with several police calls in other jurisdictions for weapons offenses, domestic violence, drunken driving and disorderly conduct.
A personal protection order about to be served on Waschull prohibits him from carrying any firearms, which Pike said might explain the large number of weapons in the Jeep.
Anyone who sees him should avoid contact and call Lapeer County Central Dispatch at 810-667-0292 immediately.