On Tuesday August 14th, 2018, at 10:10 a.m., Deputy Smith was off-duty, jogging on Hines Drive and Middlebelt in Westland, when it is alleged that Desmond Robinson fatally hit Sgt. Lee Smith with his SUV, and drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed.
The dark colored SUV that Desmond Robinson was driving at the time of the accident, believed to be the one pictured, was located during the investigation.
Sgt. Lee Smith died due to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation by the Westland Police Department led to the arrest of Robinson in Garden City on August 16th, 2018.
Westland Police stated that Robinson panicked after hitting Sgt. Lee Smith. He then drove to Inkster, bought auto parts and started to repair the damage to the front of his car along with trying to clean the vehicle. That added on the charge of Tampering with Evidence.
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 today, Saturday August 18th, 2018, by Magistrate Linda Mack and remanded to jail without bond in 34th District Court in Romulus. His Probable Cause Conference is on August 30, 2018 and his Preliminary Examination is on September 2, 2018.
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.”