Girl, 7, killed on interstate after walking away from crash

7-year-old killed texting for help after father crashed car near Detroit Metro Airport

A 7-year-old Detroit girl whose father had been involved in a suspected drunken driving crash was struck and killed trying to cross I-94 Sunday morning at about the time she was texting police asking for help.

The girl, who was not identified, was texting 911 for help when she was hit by a auto, according to the Detroit Free Press.

That adult, the 7-year old's father who chose to get into his vehicle around 3:30 Sunday morning and drive drunk on the highway.

She told them that she thought her dad was killed but police had trouble locating her even after they pinged the cell phone.

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After the crash, the 7-year-old left the vehicle, grabbed her belongings, and attempted to cross the freeway where she was hit, police said.

After investigating the suspected pedestrian accident, troopers learned that the Romulus Police Department had been looking into a crash that happened on I-94 and Merriman Road at 3:30 a.m. involving a suspected DUI driver that occurred earlier, according to Michigan State Police.

"They say my daughter tried to save her father, she ran to get some help for her daddy", Thomas' mother, Sandria Burts, told FOX2.

Police were able to immediately respond, according to a tweet.

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The 7-year-old's body was eventually discovered in the median, about a mile away from where her father crashed.

As the 7-year-old was trying to cross the highway median, she was hit by a vehicle. Police said she was killed instantly. A poor lady that was driving down 94, that will have to live with the fact that she struck a child for the rest of her life, ' Shaw said. The driver who struck the girl is not expected to be charged. But when troopers arrived, they were unaware of the text messages sent to the local police department and did not find any sign or evidence that she struck someone. "And there's somebody that's going to drive around the rest of their life knowing that they were involved in a traffic crash that killed a 7-year-old girl".

Burts said her daughter's death will leave a void that "will never be filled". Mrs Burts and her current husband are now raising the woman's two adopted children.

The father was taken into custody, pending charges.

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