3-year-old killed in car crash on Detroit's west side

3-year-old killed in car crash on Detroit's west side

Posted: Updated:
A 3 year-old girl was killed Sunday after the car she was in struck this Hyundai on Detroit's west side. (Credit: Fox 2 News) A 3 year-old girl was killed Sunday after the car she was in struck this Hyundai on Detroit's west side. (Credit: Fox 2 News)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A mother is pained beyond words.  Her three-year-old daughter was killed in a crash Sunday on Detroit's west side less than a block from her house.  The chaotic scene was visible from her front door.

The child was one of six people reportedly coming home from church in a silver Chrysler Sebring.  The driver was her 21-year-old next door neighbor.

"The fact that there may not have been a child seat could've been a reason for the injuries of at least one," said Scott Sheets with the Detroit Police Department.

Police confirmed one of the children was not in a car seat and was instead sitting in the front passenger's lap.

A nine-month-old baby boy that police believe was strapped into a car seat was rushed to the hospital along with the driver, a 19-year-old passenger and a 14-year-old girl and eleven-year-old boy that were both in the back seat.

"He was going pretty fast.  When he hit Curtis, his wheels [were] off the ground, and I guess he just lost control," said Damon Mailey.

Police said the Sebring hit a parked car at more than 80 miles an hour, so hard the parked car was pushed back more than a hundred feet.  The 21-year-old, who police said was just issued his license one month ago, then lost control.  The car veered right and hit a tree, spun out again and landed in a yard.  Doctors said his ribs were broken on impact, and marijuana could be a factor.

The driver could now be charged with second-degree murder for the death of the three-year-old and child abuse for endangering the rest of the kids in his car.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dealing with parental separation anxiety

    Dealing with parental separation anxiety

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:53:27 GMT
    While many think of children when it comes to separation anxiety, it can be as bad or worse for parents.In particular, separation anxiety hits hardest for parents sending their kids off to college.
    While many think of children when it comes to separation anxiety, it can be as bad or worse for parents.In particular, separation anxiety hits hardest for parents sending their kids off to college.
  • Victims shot and killed on Detroit's west side identified

    Victims shot and killed on Detroit's west side identified

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:42:19 GMT
    Two families are grieving after the bodies of a young man and woman were found in the street Sunday morning on Detroit's west side. Both were shot and killed.
    Two families are grieving after the bodies of a young man and woman were found in the street Sunday morning on Detroit's west side. Both were shot and killed.
  • Two hospitalized after crashing stolen Corvette in police chase

    Two hospitalized after crashing stolen Corvette in police chase

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:50:55 GMT
    Two men are sent to the hospital after crashing their corvette in Hamtramck. In addition to their injuries, they may be facing serious charges including grand theft auto.
    Two men are sent to the hospital after crashing their corvette in Hamtramck. In addition to their injuries, they may be facing serious charges including grand theft auto.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices