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Westland — A 39-year-old Romulus woman wascharged with murder after a Westland boy died days after a hit-and-run incident, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charges against Kimberly Jean Garrett have been amended to second-degree murder, operating while intoxicated resulting in death, reckless driving resulting in death, failure to stop at an accident causing serious injury or death, operating while under the influence second offense.

Kayale Fruge, 8, was playing near his home Saturday when he was struck around 8:15 p.m. on Darwin and Delton Court, Officer David Skeans said.

“We know that he was not in the roadway,” Skeans said. “He was off in the grass by his house.”

Illegal narcotics appeared to contribute to the incident, police said.

The boy was transported to a hospital, where he was taken off life support Wednesday evening, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, Garrett,was arrested shortly after the crash with help from witnesses who followed her as she fled into Romulus, Officer Robert Fruit said Tuesday.

“Two witnesses who saw the accident followed her and were on the phone with 911 operators,” he said. “They gave them an update on where they were following her car to.”

Garrett was arraigned Monday in 18th District Court in Westland on other charges in the incident. Bond was set at $500,000. She is expected to be arraigned Monday on the amendedcharges.

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