Father of girl killed in Waterford crash also dies

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Waterford Township — The father of a six-year-old girl killed last week in Waterford when their vehicle was rear-ended has also died from his injuries.

Nicholas Melanshek, 34, died after suffering blunt force trauma. Riley Melanshek, 6, died in the crash, also of blunt force trauma, confirmed Casimir Miarka, a spokesman for the Oakland County Medical Examiner. 

The father and 6-year-old daughter who were killed in a crash Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Waterford.

The fatal crash took place about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Highland Road/M-59 and Airport Road, police said.  

Last week:Girl, 6, killed in 'reckless' crash in Waterford Township

A 28-year-old man was driving westbound on Highland in his white 2016 Hyundai Sonata, police said, when he rear-ended a 2019 Chevy Equinox driven by a man who had his daughter, 6, as a passenger. 

The impact pushed the Equinox forward, and it rear-ended a 2018 Ford Fusion, driven by the mother of the girl, the wife of the Equinox driver. A 2019 Chrysler Pacifica was also hit but suffered only minor damage.

Police say the Hyundai, just minutes prior, had been reported as a "reckless" driver, in the area of Scott Lake and Pontiac Lake roads. Police were trying to track down the Hyundai when the crash happened.

Police arrested Trevor Duncan Taylor at the scene and he was hospitalized for his injuries.

Trevor Taylor

Friday:Driver charged in Waterford Twp. crash that killed girl, 6

Taylor was arraigned last week from his hospital bed on five felony charges: second-degree murder, operating while intoxicated causing death, reckless driving causing death, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury and reckless driving causing serious injury.

He was given a $1,000,000 bond and remains jailed as of Monday morning, according to Oakland County Jail records.

Family members of the deceased set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs and to replace the woman's car. So far, over $32,000 has been raised via donations.