Lakewood OH

Police awaiting test results after suspect turns himself in hit/skip death of Malik Thomas on Brookpark Road

By  Jeff Gallatin


City police early this week were awaiting tests results from evidence obtained after a male suspect and his attorney came to police in connection with the May 2 hit/skip accident on Brookpark Road which claimed the life of 15-year-old North Olmsted High School sophomore  Malik  Adams.

In a Friday afternoon press conference, the city officials indicated the man had seen the media coverage of the incident and with the attorney  came into the police voluntarily.

North Olmsted Police Chief  Jamie Gallagher declined to identify the suspect or when he came to police, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

“Detectives interviewed the subject and the information obtained from him  placed this person at the accident,” Gallagher said.

The chief described the male suspect as remorseful and cooperative during the investigation. Gallagher said the department is being cautious with information about the investigation in an effort to make sure it is done in the best manner possible.

“We want to make sure everything is done properly and taken care of before we get into a lot of detail about all of  this,” he said. “We felt with the attention this case has gotten we should let people know that a suspect had come in. “We’ve been getting and investigating a lot of tips about this.”

Gallagher said the department has been in contact with Adams’  family and that the police would be keeping them and the public appraised of the situation.

Referring to the evidence, he said the man took the detectives to a vehicle where police found the evidence which they believe shows it was involved in the accident.  Gallagher declined to say what type of vehicle it is, but  said after North Olmsted officers checked the evidence, they forwarded it to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation laboratories to be examined further. He said in addition to the North Olmsted officers and BCI, the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office has been involved in the review of evidence.

“After the lab results have been evaluated, we will meet with the city prosecutor to review the case,”  Gallagher said.

He said he couldn’t provide an exact timeline as to when the evidence evaluation will be done or the investigation concluded, noting it can vary from anywhere from a few days to weeks, depending on the circumstances of the case.

“We will update it as soon as possible,” he said.

Adams death prompted a memorial to be put together by friends near the accident site. In addition a car wash was held to raise funds for funeral expenses and there were other expressions of community support for his family and friends.



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