HARPER WOODS, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan State Police trooper heading to the funeral of a Detroit police officer was injured when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle on a Detroit-area freeway.
Trooper Ali Hammoud was traveling to the funeral of a Detroit police officer Friday when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle on Interstate 94. State police say the crash occurred because vehicles were forced to suddenly react to a reckless driver in a road rage incident.
State police say Hammoud has broken ribs and clavicle. He’s in pain but also in “good spirits.”
Authorities still are searching for the driver of a pickup truck blamed for the road rage. Lt. Mike Shaw made a promise, saying, “We’ll get him.”
Shaw and other officers left the church in St. Clair Shores to respond to the crash.
Police are seeking the pickup driver.
A funeral for 46-year-old Sgt. Ken Steil is taking place today at St. Joan of Arc church in St. Clair Shores following visitation this week at a Sterling Heights funeral home. At the funeral home, ladders from two fire trucks displayed a large U.S. flag.
Steil, who had a wife and two sons, was an officer for 20 years and nicknamed “Shark” for his diving skills.
Steil was shot in the shoulder and died unexpectedly last Saturday of a blood clot. Twenty-one-year-old Marquise Cromer is charged with first-degree murder.
Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on Friday in Steil’s honor.