July 14, 2014 at 1:00 am

WSU student killed in Detroit crash 'had tremendous strength in the community'

A woman was killed in a car crash on Greenfield and Curtis at 4 a.m. Monday in Detroit. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

Detroit — She was on the brink of a new life, getting ready to work with young boys and preparing to donate a kidney to one of the parishioners in her church.

Diamond Scott was a seniorat Wayne State University, on her way to becoming a social worker, like her mother. She had just accepted a position as a human service worker in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, working with teenage boys.

She was also weeks away from donating a kidney to a 21-year-old man in her church, Faith Clinic Church of God in Christ, who had been on dialysis for years.

“She was my angel,” said her mother, Kathryn Scott-Robinson. “She was my baby, my only daughter and she loved everybody.”

But Scott’s life was cut short Monday morning, when her car was broadsided on the city’s west side. She was 23.

The woman passed through a green light northbound on Greenfield and Curtis at 4 a.m. when she was T-boned by a man driving a Ford Taurus, according to Sgt. Michael Woody, spokesman for the Detroit Police Department.

Scott was pronounced dead at the scene, and a crowd formed during the agonizing 4˝ hours that it took first responders to pry her body from the mangled wreck. The unidentified driver of the Taurus was in critical condition at Sinai Grace Hospital. The hospital would not give an update on the driver’s condition on Monday evening.

Asked if drag racing was involved in the accident, Woody said, “We are not ruling it out, but we have no evidence to suggest that.”

Scott is unable to be donate a kidney now because organs need to be functioning, said Betsy Miner-Swartz, spokeswoman for Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s organ procurement organization.

“That is the scenario that provides the best results and also sets up a very quick process from surgical recovery to transplantation,” Miner-Swartz said.

Later Monday at the intersection of the accident, young people played baseball and practiced football and cheerleading at the nearby Peterson Playfield. Many had heard about the fatal accident earlier in the day and called it a tragedy.

“It’s really sad,” said LaShauna Lowry, a Lathrup Village resident who came to the field to watch her son play baseball. “When you’re at the prime of your life, about to start a new journey, for it to end like that is really sad.”

At the scene earlier Monday, about two dozen bystanders watched as police cars blocked off access to the area. One man was so distraught, he had to be restrained as he raced toward the gray Pontiac Grand Prix where Scott’s body was trapped.

Scott’s mother was heading back from a weekend trip to Chicago and was on her way to meet her daughter Monday morning. The two spoke on the phone only moments before the crash, when Scott told her mother she was arriving at the place where they were to meet.

When she didn’t see her daughter, Scott-Robinson continued along Greenfield, where she found police lights, officers and yellow crime-scene tape.

“Her life was snatched away,” Scott-Robinson said. “... She was always helping.”

Scott’s Grand Prix had significant damage to the the back end. The Taurus, which had a smashed front end, was about 30 feet west on Curtis.

Family members embraced Scott-Robinson as two fire crews extricated her daughter’s body.

The Rev. Zachary Hicks, who came to the scene to tend to the family, said Scott was involved in youth ministry and decided to donate her kidney after she was touched by a sermon that Sunday.

“Even though she was the youngest in the family, she still had tremendous strength in the community and in the church,” he said.

A Diamond Scott Memorial Fund has been set up to aid the family with funeral expenses. Make donations at PNC Bank.


Mother Kathryn Scott Robinson at the scene of the fatal crash involving ... (David Coates / The Detroit News)