Child dead, another hurt in crash on Southfield Freeway, state police say

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A girl was killed and a 3-month-old boy was seriously injured Wednesday night in a crash on the Southfield Freeway in Detroit, Michigan State Police said.

A preliminary investigation found a car heading north on the freeway (M-39) near Outer Drive around 8:50 p.m. was speeding when it struck another vehicle then crossed all lanes and collided with the median barrier, MSP reported on Twitter.

Initially, state police said Wednesday a 7-year-old sitting behind the driver, 30, who was not wearing a seat belt was killed. They amended that Thursday to say the victim was a 2-year-old girl.

A young child who had been "sitting in a car seat with only a lap belt over the seat was thrown from the seat and sustained serious injuries," authorities said on Wednesday..

"Troopers are still working to identify the children as their mother is extremely distraught and also may be impaired," they wrote.

On Thursday, officials said the 3-month-old is in critical condition.