Investigation continues in Ionia County Fatal Hit & Run of 29 yr old Man

DANBY TOWNSHIP, MI – The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the death of Nicholas William Hoppes which occurred in the early morning hours of Monday February 19th, 2018, on Charlotte Hwy between Cutler Road and Peake Road, in Danby Township.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the suspicious death of Nicholas Hoppes, 29-years-old, of Portland MI, who was found lying dead in the northbound portion of the roadway at 4:30am.

Sheriff’s investigators working closely with the Medical Examiner’s Office have determined that the death of Nicholas was the result of a collision with a motor vehicle which then left the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Several interviews have been conducted, and all persons interviewed have been cooperative with the investigation. Investigators have determined Hoppes was killed between the approximate hours of 2:00am and 4:20am. Mr. Hoppes was walking south on Charlotte Hwy when he was struck by a northbound vehicle. Mr. Hoppes was wearing a dark colored coat and blue jeans, along with a pair of camouflage “muck” boots.

Anyone who may have witnessed any part of this incident, or has information about the death of Nicholas Hoppes is being asked to contact the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office at 616-527-5737, or Silent Observer at 616-527-0107.


Nicholas William Hoppes

August 15, 1988 – February 19, 2018

Nick loved to farm, he worked hard at whatever he was doing. He played hard, riding ATVs, going out on the boat, and driving his truck. He had a passion for playing loud music and loved to sing. Nick could tell a story and have everyone laughing. He loved making Sunday morning breakfast for his niece and nephews and spending time with them. Nick’s furbaby was his dog Odie, he loved him with his whole heart. He will be missed by many. Nick is survived by his parents: Nancy and David Spitzley, and Chris Hoppes, his brothers, Clint (Sara) Hoppes and Colin Hoppes, grandparents: Joyce Dutcher and Marvin and Jeanette Spitzley, nieces and nephews: Brooklyn, Brody, Landon, Haven, and Cruze, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by grandparents: Richard and Carol Hoppes and William B. Dutcher

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Mike Alber at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Portland. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)