Driver in chase that killed 2 kids arraigned

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Romulus - A 29-year-old parole absconder who allegedly fled police and drove his car into a crowd on a residential street, killing two children, was ordered held without bond on Saturday.

Lorenzo Harris of Detroit appeared before Magistrate Alan Hindman of 34th District Court and was charged with two counts of second-degree murder, fleeing and eluding, first degree, leaving the scene of an accident when at fault causing death, reckless driving causing serious impairment, and carrying a concealed weapon, among other charges.

Harris will remain in the Wayne County Jail. He faces life in prison. The judge forbid him from contacting any of the victim’s families.

Harris reportedly drove his Chevrolet Camaro into two groups of children on Nottingham Street on the city's east side, killing 6-year-old Michelangelo Jackson and 3-year-old Makiah Jackson, and injuring three other children.

Michaelangelo and Makiah were playing on the sidewalk outside a home in the evening when Harris’ car allegedly hit them and continued through front yards along the street, eventually hitting three more children and a 23-year-old woman before crashing into a porch.

Police said that his Camaro averaged speeds of 95 mph.

Detroit Police Detective Enrique Jackson appeared in court and said that he visited the families of the victims and that one remains “very critical.”

Testifying that “Mr. Harris has a lengthy criminal history,” Jackson said that Harris never reported to his halfway house and has been on the run since February of 2014.

“There is high likelihood of conviction in this case,” Jackson said.

His next hearing is July 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Frank Murphy and a preliminary examination on July 13 at 1:30 p.m.

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