Thursday, October 15, 2020

Westland man arrested in Northville hit-and-run

Gustavo Godinez, Jr.
Northville Township Police have arrested a Westland teen in the hit-and-run death of a local man earlier this month.

Gustavo Godinez, Jr., 19, was arrested Friday and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of charges that he was driving the vehicle that struck and killed 20-year-old Dominic Duhn of Northville.

The incident took place at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 3 when Duhn, a student at Michigan State University, was skateboarding with some friends along Sheldon Road near Six Mile in the township. Duhn died at the scene, according to police reports, and witnesses told officers that the driver of the vehicle, driving southbound toward Five Mile Road, sped from the scene without stopping. They described the car as either a white or silver sedan that would have sustained damage from the impact.

Dominic Duhn
Duhn's father said his son was using a strobe light on his cell phone to alert drivers of his presence along the side of the roadway.

The office of the Wayne County Prosecutor has charged Godinez with failure to stop at the scene of an at-fault accident resulting in serious impairment or death, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Godinez was arraigned last Friday before Judge Michael Gerou of the 35th District Court and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. His bond was set at $250,000 or 10 percent and he must wear a GPS tether if released, Gerou also ordered Godinez not to operate a vehicle. 

Godinez' next court date is Oct. 23 at the 35th District Court in Plymouth. 

“The active involvement of the community, the Michigan State Police and Crime Stoppers of Michigan brought this investigation to a close,” noted Northville Township Department of Public Safety Director Todd L. Mutchler in a prepared statement. 

Last week, Crime Stoppers, the Duhn family, and other donors were offering a $15,000 reward as the family attended a press conference pleading for justice for their son and for the driver to come forward.