MERRILL, MI — A Merrill man who was struck and killed by a car on Tuesday was trying to remove his daughter’s dead cat from the road before she saw it, police say.
Police have identified the victim as 50-year-old Andrew Rosas.
Saginaw County Sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene in the 700 block of West Saginaw Road (M-46) at 6:24 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. They pronounced Rosas dead at the scene.
Deputies determined a 32-year-old woman was driving a Chevrolet Impala west on her way to work in St. Louis. Rosas was trying to remove his daughter’s cat that had just been hit and killed before she saw it, said Lt. Mike Gomez.
Police initially identified the animal as a raccoon.
A GoFundMe account with a goal of $10,000 has been setup to help pay for Rosas’ funeral expenses.
“Andrew would do anything for anybody and that’s what he was doing during his last moments on this earth….with his big heart, he was trying to protect his daughters heart from seeing her cat,” a post on the GoFundMe reads.
Gomez said the case will be presented to the prosecutor’s office and then it will be decided if any charges will be brought forward.