The family of the man who died after being struck by a state trooper’s pickup truck say he should have been killed.
“He should be killed,” said his father, Joe DeLeon, who lives in the Lansing area.
“You can’t stop a truck from hitting a child.”
The incident happened in June 2017, when the trooper was conducting a routine traffic stop on I-94.
A man, later identified as 14-year-old Matthew Schulberg, was riding in the back of a pickup truck that was stopped at a red light.
He was driving in the right lane.
The trooper, a 37-year veteran of the Michigan State Police, was attempting to stop the truck for a violation, which Schulburg did not have.
Schulberg was hit by the truck, then slammed into the guardrail of the pickup.
Michigan State Police said the trooper had no other options to stop his pickup.
The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The trooper was never charged.
The accident was investigated by the Michigan Department of State Police and an independent investigation was launched by the State Police Office of Professional Standards.
State Police and the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation have since released a report about the accident, which found the trooper “should have been charged for negligent homicide.”
A spokesman for the State Patrol, which oversees the state trooper, said it had no comment on the report and would not comment on ongoing investigations.
DeLeon said the family wants a full investigation and for the trooper to be punished for what happened.
“The whole thing should be investigated, and I just want justice for him,” DeLeon said.
It was not immediately clear if a federal grand jury has begun to investigate.
Follow Laura DeCamp on Twitter: @lauraeacampAssociated Press writer David Goldman contributed to this report.
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