Family hopes hit-and-run drivers turn themselves in

Candice Williams, and James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The family of Nadea Kassab, struck and killed as she crossed a street Sunday, remembers a young woman who enjoyed life.

Nadea Kassab

And they wonder how not just one, but two people could have kept right on going after first one, the other hit her.

Ayad Kassab, her uncle, said Monday that the family hopes both drivers will turn themselves in to police.

“I understand maybe the first one got scared,” Kassab said. “The second one should have stopped and said, ‘Hey. This is not my fault. Let me get out of the car. Let me help her.’ I don’t know. Maybe she would have been alive. I can’t believe people could leave (someone) alone dying. It’s crazy. I hope they realize what they did and turn themselves in.”

Nadea Kassab was hit by two cars around 12:05 a.m. Sunday as she walked home from a restaurant, crossing Concord Drive, just south of 14 Mile. Police said she was not in a designated crosswalk.

The first vehicle, a light-colored, possibly silver car, slowed after the collision before continuing south on Concord, police said. Seconds later, a black car struck Kassab as she was lying in the roadway.

The first vehicle — a light-colored, possibly silver car — slowed down after the collision before continuing southbound on Concord.

“The second vehicle was initially driving southbound on Concord and struck the victim,” police said. “This vehicle stopped and then turned around, leaving the scene northbound on Concord.”

Officials on Monday released two surveillance images taken from a local business.

“She was a beautiful young lady,” Kassab said. “She had such a beautiful personality. She was 26 years old and wanted to go back to school. ... This is a sad tragedy what happened to her.”

Kassab said his niece was an organ donor, so it could be another two or three days before her body is released to her family.

A black car also struck Kassab.

A former schoolmate, Ayad Aybow Chirkina of Sterling Heights, described Nadea Kassab as sweet and soft-spoken. He also remembered her love for food.

“I would never think someone could hit her with a car and run away like that,” Chirkina said. “My heart is broken for her family. They deserve justice.”

A GoFundMe account has been established to cover funeral costs.

“Nadea was a beautiful, funny & sincere young lady, only 26 years old, whose life was taken too soon,” friends and family wrote on the post. “We thank the staff at Beaumont Hospital for trying to save her. But was too late. Our girl is gone, our hearts are broken and life will never be the same.”

More than $9,600 had been raised by Monday.

Madison Heights police are asking for anyone with information about either vehicle involved to contact the Police Department at (248) 585-2100.

Staff Writer Holly Fournier contributed.