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

A 7-year-old Detroit girl was killed Sunday while crossing I-94 after surviving a crash with her father behind the wheel.

'You have a dad that now lost his daughter because of drinking and driving.

He says DeSandra's father was drunk when he got into his vehicle at around 3:30 a.m. and that his daughter died "because of a decision that an adult made".

Police say the 7-year-old girl attempted to cross I-94 to find help when she was struck by the vehicle Michigan State Police Officers were investigating.

The girl, who was from Detroit, was able to get out of the damaged auto, which had struck an abandoned vehicle and then left the roadway and went into some fencing.

Michigan State Police became involved about 3:35 a.m., responding to a woman who thought she had hit a pedestrian, but when troopers arrived to the area of I-94 and Inkster, they could not find anyone. You have a mother who lost her daughter.

Police say the female driver of the vehicle that hit the child was questioned by police but later released.

Burts told FOX2 that she didn't want to comment on the reports that her husband had been driving while under the influence, but rather on her daughter's life.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Dessandra's funeral.

The girl's father was arrested. "She was racing against time to save her father as anyone with a heart of gold would have". Her phone apparently could not place calls. "She was so helpful". Authorities found the girl's body around 50 to 150 feet away from her father's auto. "A woman who is going to live for the rest of her life for hitting someone and ending up being a 7-year-old child along the freeway".

Police said she was "killed instantly".

It wouldn't take long for Romulus police and the Michigan State Police to connect the two 911 calls. Shaw said a man, who appeared to be extremely intoxicated when dealing with police, crashed into an abandoned auto on I-94 and then off the highway through fencing.

"I'm not mourning her", Burts said.

The mother continued: "She was a attractive thing, she was on her way to the third grade".

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