Inkster Man Charged in Jefferson Avenue
Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Brian Keith Garner, Jr., 29 (DOB: 08/04/1989), of Inkster, in connection with the fatal hit and run that killed Michael Cavanaugh, 22, of Taylor.

On August 19, 2018 at approximately 10:09 p.m., the defendant was driving westbound on Jefferson Avenue near Griswold Street in downtown Detroit. It is alleged the defendant disregarded a traffic signal and struck the victim, who was crossing Jefferson Avenue in the crosswalk. It is further alleged the defendant fled the scene. Medics conveyed the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash. On August 20, 2018, the defendant turned himself in at the 6th Precinct and was placed under arrest by DPD officers.

Garner has been charged with Reckless Driving Causing Death and Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident When At Fault Causing Death.*

Garner was arraigned this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Bari Blake Wood. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for August 29, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Kenneth King in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $250,000 cash/surety bond.

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