Detroit Man Charged in Homicide of Wayne County Sergeant Lee Smith

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Desmond Robinson, 47 (DOB: 08/11/1971), in connection with the fatal car crash that killed 55-year-old Wayne County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Lee Smith. On August 14, 2018 at 10:10 a.m., Deputy Smith was off-duty, jogging on Hines Drive and Middlebelt in Westland, when it is alleged that Robinson fatally hit Sgt. Smith with his SUV, and drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Sgt. Smith succumbed to his injuries and was pronunced dead at the scene. Investigation by the Westland Police Department led to the arrest of Robinson in Garden City on August 16, 2018.

Robinson has been charged with: 1) Reckless driving causing death; 2) Failure to stop at an injury accident scene causing death; 3) Tampering with evidence*. He was arraigned and remanded to jail today in 34th District Court in Romulus. His Probable Cause Conference is on August 30, 2018 and his Preliminary Examination is on September 2, 2018 in 18th District Court in Westland.

Prosecutor Worthy said: "By all accounts, Sgt. Smith was a dedicated, passionate, and skilled member of law enforcement who was going to retire soon. In the blink of an eye, the alleged actions of this defendant destroyed the lives of his family, friends, fellow officers, and the many others he had yet to positively influence."

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.