Suspect arrested in deadly hit and run case



FLINT TWP. — A suspect is in custody following a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a Flint man last week.

Ramon S. Bishop, 37, of Flint has been arraigned on multiple felony charges for allegedly striking 64-year-old Roy Welch with his car at a Flint Township intersection on Sept. 13. Welch, also known as Roy Muhammed, was taken to a local hospital and remained in serious condition for several days before passing away from his injuries on Sept. 18.

During the afternoon of Sept. 13, officers with the Flint Township Police Department were dispatched to Ballenger Highway south of Flushing Road for a personal injury crash involving a pedestrian. Police learned that a black Chrysler 300 and a gray Chevrolet Malibu were traveling northbound on Ballenger Highway at high rates of speed when the driver of the Chrysler 300 struck a man who was crossing near the intersection at Flushing Road.

Bishop—the driver of the Chrysler 300—and the driver of the Malibu immediately left the scene.

Investigators said that Roy Welch, a prominent Nation of Islam member in Flint, was handing out religious literature in the roadway when he was struck.

On Sept. 17, Flint Township police located both vehicles that were involved in the hit-and-run and reported that Bishop’s Chrysler 300 had sustained front end damage. Bishop was arrested the following day.

Tips from community members helped police to locate Bishop and the driver of the Malibu, who was also arrested on Friday.

Bishop is facing charges of manslaughter with a motor vehicle, failure to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault resulting in death and tampering with evidence. Potential charges against the driver of the Malibu have not been disclosed as of press time.

Investigators are working to determine the cause behind the hit-and-run.

Anyone who has information that will help with this investigation is urged to contact Detective Chris Weber 810-600-3250, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL (5245) or go to www.crimestoppersoffint.com.