A 7-year-old girl was killed while attempting to cross an interstate in Romulus, Michigan, as she attempted to seek help for her father, who was allegedly involved in a suspected drunken driving crash early Sunday, police said.
Again, we talk about drinking and driving so many times, of how that is one crime we always know can just go away, completely eliminated if people simple dont get beind the wheel when impaired, Shaw said.
"This poor child, 7 years old, doesn't get to live the rest of her life because of a decision that an adult made", he said.
State police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw says the girl sent text messages to police about her father's crash before she was struck on I-94 near Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus early Sunday.
She was hit by a auto and killed instantly.
A woman had stopped at I-94 and Inkster called to report she believed she had struck a pedestrian or an animal. She says losing their daughter is "torture enough".
It wasn't until a 911 call came in a short time later, a woman driving in the area told police she hit someone on the highway.
"She didn't care about herself", Anthony Burts, a family member, wrote on a GoFundMe page meant to support the family.
State troopers who were dispatched to investigate that report inspected the caller's auto and found no evidence that she had struck a person.
She was wandering around and looking for help for herself, Shaw said. Police couldn't find her though, even after pinging the cell phone. Shaw told WDIV that the child's father appeared "very intoxicated" at the scene and that he had to be helped out of the vehicle. The little girl was in a vehicle with her father when he crashed, reportedly while driving drunk.
The girl's father, whose name hasn't yet been released, is in police custody.
"She was a attractive thing, she was on her way to the third grade".
Burts said that seven-year-old was a rising third-grader and described her as a "blessing" to everyone who's ever met her. A mom that lost her daughter.
Burts said her daughter's death will leave a void that "will never be filled".