EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The East Lansing Police Department has a person in custody in connection to a deadly hit-and-run early Sunday morning and released the name of the victim.
The person killed in a hit-and-run Sunday has been identified as Salvino Vackaro, 20, of Oxford.
Vackaro was hit and killed in the crash on Michigan Avenue and University Drive. Vackaro was not a student at Michigan State University, though the crash happened across the street from an MSU dormitory.
Neighbors like Megan Kendrick who live near the scene say it was a frightening wake-up call.
“I noticed a ton of sirens outside our house it was very loud, the ambulances coming up and down. Our first thought was definitely there is another active shooter,” Megan Kendrick said.
ELPD responded to the crash at 1:05 a.m. on Sunday. They were originally dispatched to a call of possible shots fired; however, when they arrived, they found there had been a hit-and-run and no shots fired.
“When our officers arrived on scene, they realized it wasn’t a shooting that occurred but it was actually a traffic crash involving one vehicle and a pedestrian,” said East Lansing Deputy Chief Chad Pride.
Pride said the car involved in the crash drove away from the scene. After further investigation, including the use of a canine unit for tracking, ELPD placed one person in custody. Police are not yet releasing their name, and no charges have been filed yet.
“The vehicle was later recovered less than a mile away, and through our investigation, we were able to identify an individual that was possibly involved in the crash,” Pride said.