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Police identify paint in fatal hit and run

The Kent County Sheriff Department is one step closer to solving the hit and run death of Erica Sevigny, of Sparta. They have identified the paint used on the vehicle that hit her on 14 Mile Road west of Pennington in Algoma Township, on April 4, and believe it was a red mid to full-size vehicle.

They said they have gathered new evidence from vehicle paint flecks found on the Sevigny’s clothing that led them to believe the suspect vehicle is red in color. The color is described as Vermillian Red or Rio Red. Based on this paint, they are looking for a 1998-2007 Ford F series truck, Ford Explorer, Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln Aviator, Mercury Mountaineer or Mercury Mariner. “But we are not ruling out other vehicles,”they said. (The photograph depicts the suspect color only. The photo is not the actual vehicle.)

Sevigny had been involved in single car accident and was on the phone with 911 at the time she was hit. Sheriff’s Department investigators believe that the suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on 14 Mile Road, and that it likely will not have a large amount of damage to the body.

There is a possibility that there may have been more than one person in the suspect vehicle due to nearby witnesses overhearing an argument near the vicinity of the crash just after it occurred.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public to notify them if you believe you have information about the suspect vehicle or driver. They are also asking the public for any suspicious activity or unexplained occurrences involving a relative, friend or acquaintance from the evening or morning of the crash.

Silent Observer is offering a $ 1000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver.

Please notify the Kent County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau at 616-632-6125 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 with information relating to this crash.

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