Police are searching for the driver involved a deadly hit-and-run accident were two families have been destroy by a fatal crash in Clinton Township that claimed the lives of a mother of four children, who was engaged to be married.
Fifty-five-year-old Cathy Birch was out for her daily walk Friday night when a pick-up truck hit and killed her as she crossed Gratiot near Ulrich in Clinton Township. The 46-year-old mother was killed instantly just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Kozak was in the center turn lane on southbound Groesbeck north of 15 Mile Road making a left turn.
According to a witness, the pickup truck that hit her did not stop. The truck is described as hunter green, possibly a Chevrolet or GMC Pickup. Police say the vehicle should have front-end damage.
“I was shocked and devastated. I really can’t believe someone can just leave like that,” said Shawnie Soucie, Birch’s daughter.
Family says police have a witness, who is providing information indicating a hit-and-run driver booted the rear of Kozak’s white Ford F-150 pickup.
Birch and her husband Jim had been married for 31 years. “I feel empty,” Jim Birch said of his loss. She was making a left turn to go to V.I.P. Tanning when she may have been hit.
“We need to know. I need this person or persons to come forward,” said Barone. “She has four children of her own. I have three. Together we had seven, and we were going to get married April 13.”
Kozak’s youngest child is seven. The oldest, 19-year-old Sheila, says she is prepared to care for everyone. Funeral services are in the process of being planned and will likely take place Tuesday. Donations for funeral expenses can be made to the Sue Kozak Memorial Fund at any Flagstar Bank branch location.
Kozak was killed when her truck was launched into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on into another Ford pickup, a Ford Escape and a third car. One driver left the scene critically injured, and two other drivers were treated and released.
The family says Kozak’s autopsy revealed blunt force trauma from the crash as cause of death.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Clinton Township police.