Farmington Hills Man Charged in December Hit and Run Death

Michael Kramer faces a charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing serious injury or death.

A 52-year-old Farmington Hills man was arraigned today on charges stemming from the Dec. 14 death of 21-year-old Tiffany Goetz in a hit-and-run incident. 

According to a press release issued this morning by Farmington Hills Police, Michael Kramer stood mute as he was arraigned in , in front of Judge James Brady. He faces a single charge of "failing to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death", which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Tiffany Goetz, 21, was killed at approximately 10 p.m. on Dec. 14, when she entered the roadway after leaving her home in the area of 13 Mile Road and Halsted Road. As she was standing in the road, a vehicle that was traveling east on 13 Mile Road struck her. At the time, police reported that witnesses saw the vehicle briefly pull to the side of the road and continue east on 13 Mile Road.

Lt. Michael Ciaramitaro said typically there are two parts to the charge in hit-and-run cases. 

"When you're in an accident like that, you have to stay and render aid," he explained. "You can't leave to go make a report. But you're also required to report the accident forthwith."

Ciaramitaro said police did receive some tips in the case and also worked with Kramer's attorney to close the case. 

The family of Tiffany Goetz has set up a memorial fund to cover expenses related to her death, as she did not have life insurance. Donations may be sent to Diane Goetz, P.O. Box 32, Rock, MI 49880, or Rock Community Credit Union, P.O. Box 200, Rock, MI 49880.

B. Charles January 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM
This is a tragedy for all parties concerned, not just the two families but what about the care giver? I don't think one single party is to blame or be responsible. You could say that if she was suppervised properly this may have been avoided. As a christian I know that God has a plan and a time for all of us it is just a shame that so many had to be involved in this. Maybe look to God for your answers. Be thankful for the time she had for death has no schedule.
Borg March 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Tiffany, may god grant you eternal peace. Diane goetz, so sorry for your loss. God be with you. It's a tragedy that Tiffany was crossing A dark busy street. A dangerous situation she should not have been in. Michael Kramer, I know you, you are an alcoholic.! You have driven drunk countless times throughout your life, it's a miracle you have not been in an incident as tragic as this is sooner. I pray that those around you will benefit from this and will not drink and drive!!! Your statement to the court.....typical, feel sorry for Michael, never take responsibility for your action and how they hurt others. You Michael are a very selfish greedy person, you only do for others if it benefits you in some way. Remember your moto Michael "nice guys finish last". Hit a deer, really? One would not get out of the car to see what damage was done? Get out and see if the deer ran off or was laying road side in pain and needed to be put down...really ? You claim you are a man who would help another without thought or concequence and expect people to believe you. Seriously? Admit to yourself Michael why you took off and change your ways. You want prayers? I'll pray that you never drink and drive again and those who around you learn from this....otherwise they may not get off as easy as you did.
S F June 29, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Hi. I was a witness very shortly after the impact. I pulled off to the side of the road after hearing a woman screaming for help. The woman, I later learned, was her caregiver. I gave the police all my contact info, but don't want to display it online here. I spoke with Tiffany, assuring her that help was on the way, and offered her whatever verbal comfort I could. I stayed at the scene for over an hour, until the police asked me to leave. Most importantly, I want you to know that your daughter was not alone in her last moments and that I was talking to her (she was not responsive) when she took her last breath and offering her whatever comforts I could.
Kristina April 22, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Hey aunt diane My cosen was sweet and conciderite but why the hell did he do that LOVE YOUR NESE, Krissy
Kristina April 22, 2013 at 02:35 PM


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