Detroit father in custody after deadly go-kart crash


A Detroit father is in police custody Wednesday after his 4-year-old daughter was killed when he lost control of a go-kart he was driving with his children inside, police say.  

The fatal crash took place at about 3 a.m. on the 19800 block of St. Mary's near Seven Mile.

The 29-year-old man, whom police have not identified, took two children on a go-kart ride and lost control.  He hit a parked vehicle on the street, said Capt. Michael McGinnis. 

The girl was taken to the hospital by family members but later died from her injuries. Another 5-year-old child sustained non life-threatening injuries and was not admitted to the hospital, said McGinnis. 

The father was injured, treated and was taken into Detroit police custody Wednesday afternoon. McGinnis said a warrant request will be submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. 

"I would just like to say that it is imperative the public understands that these ATV’s, mopeds and go-karts are extremely dangerous, they are not toys and should be treated as vehicles," said McGinnis. 

Detroit police have been seeking ways to curb ATV use on city streets, particularly after a 15-year-old ATV driver died when he tried to elude a Michigan State Police trooper who tried to pull him over. 

Mark Bessner is on trial for using a stun gun Damon Grimes, which led to him losing control and crashing into a parked vehicle during the chase. 

As of Tuesday night, 609 people had died in fatal vehicle crashes in Michigan in 2018, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The number is down 55 from this time last year.