Child survives dad's drunk crash, killed by another car


A 7-year-old girl was in the auto with her father when, while allegedly driving drunk, he lost control and crashed into an abandoned vehicle in Romulus, Mich.

"This is something we talk about all the time, drunk driving, a 100 percent preventable incident", Shaw said.

A second 911 call came in just as police were trying to find her.

The 7-year-old girl was in the vehicle at the time of the crash, Shaw said.

Burts told FOX 2 she's choosing to focus on her little girl right now and not what her father may have done.

It was a "short time later" that Michigan State Police learned that the Romulus Police Department had been receiving texts from the girl and that the department was investigating an alleged drunk driving crash.

"This poor child, 7 years old, doesn't get to live the rest of her life because of the decision that an adult made", said First Lt. Michael Shaw with Michigan State Police. Thomas thought her father was dead, got out of the vehicle with her backpack and climbed over a fence. Police couldn't find her though, even after pinging the cell phone.

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Then, as the girl attempted to cross I-94, she was struck and killed by another driver.

Police said 7-year-old DeSandra Thomas was riding in a auto with her father, who was drunk at the time, when he hit an abandoned vehicle and drove off the roadway.

The girl was hit by a auto early Sunday near Detroit Metropolitan Airport. "Her father was involved in that crash who lost his daughter".

The girl's father was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed the vehicle they were in.

A preliminary investigation revealed that DeSandra's father was drunk when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, hit an abandoned vehicle parked on the side of the interstate and drove through nearby fencing, according to Michigan State Police. The driver of the auto that struck the girl was released.

'She was a lovely thing, she was on her way to the third grade. "She was 7 years old - she would give you the shirt off her back".

Burts said that seven-year-old was a rising third-grader and described her as a "blessing" to everyone who's ever met her.