Girl killed after surviving alleged drunk driving crash in Detroit

Girl killed after surviving alleged drunk driving crash in Detroit

ROMULUS, Mich- A 7-year-old girl was killed while attempting to cross eastbound I-94 in Romulus after police say she was seeking help for her father who was allegedly involved in a drunk driving crash early Sunday.

"I love her and I miss her so much", she said.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. Sunday near I-94 and Merriman Road.

And Dessandra's mother Sandria Burts told Fox2: 'They say my daughter tried to save her father, she ran to get some help for her daddy.

That driver called 911 and told the Michigan State Police she thought she may have hit a person or animal, Shaw said in the video. She chose to text police because she was unable to call, FOX2 reported. Police couldn't find her though, even after pinging the cell phone. Shaw said a man, who appeared to be extremely intoxicated when dealing with police, crashed into an abandoned auto on I-94 and then off the highway through fencing. Officers said Thomas was struck and killed instantly.

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

The girl's lifeless body was later discovered lying in the center median, less than 150 feet away from her father's wrecked vehicle.

Police have not released the name of the 7-year-old, but the girl's mom told FOX2 that it was her daughter, Dessandra Thomas.

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Michigan State Police later connected the 911 texts to an alleged drunk driving crash being investigated by the Romulus Police Department.

Afterwards, Lt. Ward added: 'So here's a poor 7-year-old child that won't get her life back.

The driver of the drunk driving crash and father of the 7 year old child is in custody.

The 7-year-old girl was in the auto at the time of the crash, Shaw said.

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

"It's straight emptiness. We are in shock but I know God is good and he is the only one that's going to be able to bring me and my family through this", Sandria said. The driver who struck the girl was released and is not expected to be charged.

He's in police custody, with charges pending.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News.

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