By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker
Police found a badly bruised body on the field at the former Tiger Stadium site this morning.
Police believe the victim was hit by a car around 1 a.m., but investigators didn’t know about the body until a resident spotted a dead white male at 6 a.m.
“The car was moving so fast that the body flew over the fence and skid across the field,” Sgt. Michael Woody told Motor City Muckraker this morning. “We are looking at video in the area and trying to interview witnesses.”
Witnesses said the man, in his 30s, sustained serious injuries to the face and head.
The fence is about 10-feet high. The body was about 10 to 15 feet inside the fence.
The car accident occurred at about 1 a.m. when a white sedan struck a utility pole at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. Two tires and parts of the car were still next to the field this afternoon. Next to an orange cone inside the field was a lot of blood.
The discovery comes just one day after Motor City Muckraker reported that some police wanted to padlock the field to prevent a rumored protest over plans to carpet the ballpark with artificial turf.
Police Chief James Craig quickly dismissed those threats, saying there are no plans to padlock the gates to avoid a protest.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.