8-Year-Old Murdered Moments After Surviving Car Crash

Grieving mom of Latoyia Jarmon-Thomas believes it was road rage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2017 4:05 AM CST
8-Year-Old Murdered Moments After Surviving Crash
A photo of De'Maree from a GoFundMe page set up to help her family.   (GoFundMe)

Police in Houston are looking into the murder of an 8-year-old just moments after she survived a car crash unharmed. Latoyia Jarmon-Thomas, mother of De'Maree Adkins, says they were on their way home in her Honda Accord early Saturday when they were hit by a speeding Pontiac while traveling through an intersection, Click2Houston reports. "The light was green, and as soon as I got to the light it turned yellow, I couldn't stop," she says. The crash left De'Maree unharmed, still asleep in the backseat—but moments later, a third car pulled up, and police say a woman inside fired shots into the Honda, fatally wounding the girl.

Cops believe the driver of the Pontiac fled the scene in the third car, described as a dark sedan. It's not clear whether the Pontiac driver and the shooter were the same person, the AP notes. Dee Adkins, the girl's father, says he hopes the killer is feeling enough guilt to come forward. "Man, woman, adult, whatever: if you did this, own up to it, " he tells KHOU. Jarmon-Thomas tells ABC that she did not know the people in the other vehicles. She believes the daughter she describes as a witty, fun-loving honor roll student may have been killed because of road rage. "My daughter was full of life," she says. "I can't watch her grow up." A GoFundMe page for the family has raised more than $10,000. (A man has been charged in the road-rage death of a 3-year-old boy.)

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