Girl, 6, dies when mom hits tree after chase

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit police are investigating after a Tuesday morning car crash that left two females hurt and a 6-year-old girl dead on the city’s east side.

The crash took place about 1 a.m. on the 15000 block of Edmore — east of Gratiot, south of East Eight Mile — when a white Pontiac G6 hit a tree, said officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit Police Department spokesman.

The driver is a 25-year-old woman, who was with her 1-year-old and 6-year-old daughters.

Police initially said they believed the woman was attempting to flee the father of the two children when she lost control of the G6 and hit a tree. But Donakwoski said, in an update, that DPD "can't confirm" it was the father of the children who was involved, and said investigators are looking at "all angles."

The 6-year-old died from her injuries, the driver was left in critical condition and the 1-year-old is in stable condition, Donakowski said.

No arrests have been made as yet.

As of March 21, the last date for which numbers are available, some 186 people in Michigan have died in car crashes in 2017, up 11 from this point last year.