Girl, 7, killed on I-94 after dad's traffic accident

Girl, 7, killed on I-94 after dad's traffic accident

A 7-year-old Detroit girl was killed Sunday while crossing I-94 after surviving a crash with her father behind the wheel.

The girl's dad had been driving while drunk, according to Lt. Mike Shaw. It happened after her father, who was suspected to be driving drunk, hit an abandoned vehicle near Merriman around 3:30 in the morning.

A 7-year-old was killed early Sunday after she was struck by a auto while attempting to text 911 for help for her father.

The driver's daughter, a 7-year-old girl identified by WJBK as Dessandra Thomas, texted with police following the crash because her phone couldn't make calls. You have a mother who lost her daughter.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the girl has been released.

Burts told FOX2 that she didn't want to comment on the reports that her husband had been driving while under the influence, but rather on her daughter's life.

"So here's a poor 7-year-old child that won't get her life back", Shaw said.

State troopers who were dispatched to investigate that report inspected the caller's auto and found no evidence that she had struck a person.

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A GoFundme page has been set up for the girl. 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.

A second 911 call came in just as police were trying to find her.

As that incident was developing, Romulus police were getting text messages through 911 from a girl who said her father was dead and she needed help.

Soon they discovered Thomas's body in the median of I-94, about one mile from the site of her father's crash, Shaw told Fox 2.

"She was a attractive thing, she was on her way to the third grade", Burts told the station. A mom that lost her daughter.

State police weren't involved in the crash involving the girl's father but subsequently learned that Romulus police had responded to it. "This 7-year-old won't get to go to her wedding, won't go to a prom, won't graduate from high school because of poor decisions".

"I'm not mourning her", Burts said.

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