Investigation continues in 'hero' girl's death on I-94
The investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Detroit girl who was struck by a car on Interstate 94 is continuing but no warrants were issued Monday.
"We have a lot of investigating to do to put try to put the case together," said Romulus Police Capt. Joshua Monte. "It's such a tragic, fluid case."
The child, who's being called a "hero," was killed after she set out seeking helpafter her father ran into an abandoned car on I-94 early Sunday in a suspected drunken-driving crash near Merriman Road.
The child, who has been identified as DeSandra Thomas, left her father's car after the crash and was texting police to try to get help, according to Michigan State Police.
Thinking her father was dead, the young girl grabbed her backpack, climbed over a fence the vehicle had breached in the crash and started walking away from the scene near I-94 and Merriman. She was texting 911 when she was hit and killed by another vehicle, driven by a woman, on eastbound I-94 about 3:30 a.m.
The girl’s mother, Sandria Burts, said she hopes DeSandra’s father is not charged. She said losing their daughter is “torture enough.”
A GoFundMe page was set up Monday to help bury the child.
"IDeSandra was a hero and at such a tender age she was selfless," reads the GoFundMe request . "She didn't care about herself, she was racing against time to save her father as anyone with a heart of gold would have. In this difficult (time) we, the family, ask for anything that can help put this beautiful baby to rest properly and allow her mother to properly mourn without the worry of anything financial.
"If you can't donate PLEASE bow your head and ask GOD ALMIGHTY to give her mother the strength and understanding she needs in this time. Again, we are thankful for everything. Be blessed. Fly High Baby Girl."
Associated Press contributed.