WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police were concerned it would happen and Monday night, it did. Two panhandlers were hit by a car along 28th Street.
Just minutes before the crash, someone reported seeing a man and woman begging for money in the street. Michigan State Police were on their way to the report when a car came off the exit ramp and critically injured the two panhandlers.
Wyoming Police had predicted it would happen. Back in July, officers handed out fliers with information and resources for the homeless.
"We were concerned about them going into the street and an incident like this occurring," said Captain Kim Koster. "Going into the street, talking to people while they're in their vehicles is obviously a dangerous activity."
Some cities have ordinances that address the problem. But others like Wyoming, do not. The Supreme Court says a ban on panhandling in Michigan is unconstitutional.