PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A small memorial is now set up on Ottawa Beach Road across from the Itty Bitty Bar, where Joshua Owens died.
One of the suspects allegedly involved in the hit and run had a number of driving license suspensions, and on Facebook states how much he likes to drink. However, at this point, neither suspect has been charged with drinking and driving.
A small memorial across the street from the bar tells a big story about the victim, 24-year-old Joshua Owens, a family man and a proud American. Even strangers are paying attention to it.
"I don't know the guy, but my heart goes out to whoever he was," says Calvin Lyons.
"It's extremely tragic for this family, a wife and young child who will grow up without a father," says Lt. Steve Kempker with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.
Owens was hit and killed while crossing the street from the Itty Bitty Bar early on Sunday morning.
"Hewas celebrating his wife's birthday," says Lt. Kempker."He wanted to go to anATM to withdraw cash."
Investigators say the two cars involved took off, but tips started pouring in.
"People were posting on facebook, others were out looking for the vehicles," says Lt. Kempker.
It was also a stranger, a pizza delivery man, who helped investigators make an arrest.
"Hewas driving around subdivisions and came across the two cars," says Lt. Kempker.
About ten hours later, 22-year-old Maly Phongsavanh and 26-year-old Jeremie Collins were arrested. They are currently charged with "failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death," which is a felony. They are not charged with drunk driving, and investigators say that charge would be hard to prove considering the time between the accident and the drivers'arrests.
On Friday, Collins posted a message on his Facebook page: "Drunk forever." An earlier post on his page stated, "I love third shift because I have all day Friday to drink."
Collins' driving record, according the Michigan secretary of state's office,also showshis drivers license was suspended several times between 2007 and 2012 -- including once for drunk driving in 2009.
Phongsavanh also has a record. In 2009, she was cited as a minor in possession of alcohol.
If Collins and Phongsavanh are convicted on the "failing to stop" charge, they could face up to five years in prison.