Police continue investigation of Detroit girl’s death

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Roseville — An investigation into the death of a 12-year-old girl struck by a car Friday will take several days to complete, according to Roseville police.

The child died after being struck by a vehicle while walking across Gratiot in Roseville Friday night.

According to Roseville Police Department Deputy Chief Donald Glandon, the girl, who is from Detroit, her 28-year-old mother and a 12-year-old male cousin from Pontiac, were crossing the northbound lanes of Gratiot about 150 – 200 ft. south of Glendale St. They were walking from the east to west in an attempt to cross Gratiot Ave, said Glandon in a press release. He said the mother and cousin were not hurt, and that the girl was taken to a local hospital where she initially was listed in critical condition.

They had been shopping at the Eastgate Shopping Center and were walking to a family member’s house in Roseville.

A black Ford Fusion was traveling north on Gratiot in the far left lane. The driver struck the girl.

The vehicle's 32-year-old driver of the 2007 Ford Fusion, stopped at the scene and cooperated with police. According to Glandon, the driver is a resident of Rochester Hills, and was on the way to pick up his daughter.

Glandon said there was no indication drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.

Police closed the northbound lanes of Gratiot for a time as they investigated the incident.

Witness stopped to assist, Roseville Police arrived, CPR was performed by a Roseville officer until the ambulance arrived and the young girl was transported to the hospital.

At the time of the incident, the roadway was wet and it was raining. Glandon said weather conditions may have played a part in this incident.


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