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Father To Be Charged After Drunk Driving Leads To Daughter's Death

The girl was killed while seeking help

July 16, 2018 - 7:07 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - The father of a 7-year-old girl struck and killed along I-94 in Romulus Sunday remains in custody and will not be charged within the 72-hour period due to hospitalization with a head injury. 

State Police First Lieutenant Micheal Shaw says the victim was in her father's car involved in a drunk driving crash. 

She left the car to get help, but was stuck and killed by a second car while attempting to cross I-94 near Merriman. 

Shaw spoke of the ripple-effect involved with drunk driving accidents.

"So, here's a poor 7-year-old child who won't get her life back. Her father was involved in that crash ... her mother has been notified -- has lost her child and there is somebody that's going to drive around for the rest of their life knowing that they were involved in a traffic crash that killed a 7-year-old girl."

The victim's mother telling Fox 2 she is devastated by the news. 

“It’s a void that will never be filled, never be filled,” Sandra Burts said.

A grieving mother realizing her 7-year-old daughter, Dessandra Thomas won’t be coming home.

“Anybody that she touched she was a blessing to them,” she said.

Romulus police will present their findings on the drunk driving crash to the Wayne County Prosecutors office to determine if there will be additional charges. 

MSP will handle the investigation into the fatal traffic accident.