Evart man killed in hit-and-run accident in Osceola County

ORIENT TWP. — Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident in Osceola County's Orient Township that left one man dead.

Dwane William Lowrie, 39, of Evart, has been identified as the victim of the accident, which occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday on M-66 near Meceola Road.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the scene after receiving a report stating a person was found lying in the roadway apparently struck by a vehicle.

"A passerby spotted a person laying in the road and reported the situation," said Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay.

Officers investigated the scene and canvassed the surround area, including attempting to contact the occupants of nearby homes. An autopsy was conducted and information from the examination confirms Lowrie's death was caused by a vehicle.

Aside from what was gathered during the initial investigation, police have little other information about the incident, Halladay said.

"We don’t know anything at this point other than what happened," he said. "People in the surrounding area didn't see anything and his family is to perplexed as to why the victim would be out there at that time."

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in this incident. Any person who has information, knowledge or a tip should contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 832-2288 or Silent Observer at 1-800-528-8234.

"We're hoping maybe someone will reach out if they've seen something or heard about something about this matter," Halladay said. "Maybe someone at an auto shop is working on a vehicle for someone who claims they hit a deer and it just doesn't seem right. We're looking for any further leads."

The sheriff’s office was assisted on the scene by members of the Michigan State Police, EMS and Evart Fire/Rescue.