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Girl killed after surviving alleged drunk driving crash in Detroit

Girl killed after surviving alleged drunk driving crash in Detroit”

A seven year-old girl was knocked down and killed while trying to get help for her drunk dad after he crashed his auto, police say.

"You have a dad that now lost his daughter because of drinking and driving".

DeSandra Thomas was hit and killed on I-94 in Romuls around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

"This poor child, 7 years old, doesn't get to live the rest of her life because of the decision that an adult made", said First Lt. Michael Shaw with Michigan State Police.

A 7-year-old was killed early Sunday after she was struck by a vehicle while attempting to text 911 for help for her father. The driver immediately contacted authorities and requested assistance, stating that she thought she "hit a person or animal".

'Her father was involved in that crash who lost his daughter.

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.

State troopers who were dispatched to investigate that report inspected the caller's vehicle and found no evidence that she had struck a person. She then climbed over the broken fence and went to look for help.

The girl's father was in the hospital Monday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Dessandra's funeral. Police were unable to locate Thomas even after pinging the cellphone. Responding officers found Thomas' body 50 to 150 feet from her father's auto; authorities say she was killed instantly.

"This is something we talk about all the time, drunk driving, a 100 percent preventable incident", Shaw said.

"She was a attractive thing, she was on her way to the third grade".

In an interview with Fox 2 later Sunday, Thomas's mother, Sandria Burts, said she was at work when police delivered the news about her daughter.

The girl's mother, Sandria Burts, hopes DeSandra's father is not charged. "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".

Burts said her daughter's death will leave a void that "will never be filled".



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