Girl, 7, Killed Trying to Get Help After Dad Crashes Car

Father is suspected of driving drunk
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2018 7:00 PM CDT
DeSandra Thomas is shown in a GoFundMe image.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – A 7-year-old girl was in the car with her father when, while allegedly driving drunk, he lost control and crashed into an abandoned vehicle in Romulus, Mich. After the crash around 3:30 am Sunday, the girl tried to get help when tragedy struck. DeSandra Thomas, believing her father had died, left the car and climbed a fence. She tried calling 911, then sent a text to 911. She then attempted to cross I-94, Fox News reports. As police were pinging the cellphone in a futile attempt to locate the little girl, another 911 call came in from a woman who said she thought she had hit an animal or person while driving. Responding officers found Thomas' body 50 to 150 feet from her father's car; authorities say she was killed instantly.

"They say my daughter tried to save her father, she ran to get some help for her daddy," Thomas' mother tells Fox 2 Detroit. Thomas' father, who is divorced from her mother, was taken into custody and charges are pending. But Thomas' mother tells ClickOnDetroit she doesn't want him charged. "He has to live the rest of his life knowing that his daughter is not here anymore," she says. "So him doing jail, that's not going to do him any harm. Maybe he can do an outreach program and talk to people and tell them how important it is to not drink." The driver who struck Thomas and called 911 was questioned by police and released. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for Thomas' mother. (Read more drunk driving stories.)

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