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July 3, 2013

Four-year-old hit, killed by car

By Nico Rubello
C & G Staff Writer

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police say no charges will be filed in a car accident that killed a 4-year-old boy who was crossing Groesbeck, north of Metropolitan Parkway.
Preliminary investigation indicated that the southbound vehicle struck the child during the early morning of June 29.

According to the Clinton Township Police Department, a 24-year-old Fraser woman was driving in the right through-lane at about 2:30 a.m. and began braking when she saw the boy’s 5-year-old sister off to the right side of the road,  in the driveway of a 7-Eleven.

With her attention on the girl, the driver felt an impact on the front of the vehicle when the car hit the boy, who was still trying to cross the road. The driver immediately pulled over.

Clinton Township police Lt. Raymund Macksoud said in an email that police investigation revealed that the 5-year-old girl had unlocked the door of the house they were in, and the two crossed the road to get a Slurpee. The girl made it across and was waiting in the driveway for her brother when he was struck.  After running to her brother, she ran back home to get her grandmother, who was at the home.

The grandmother had put the two to bed and then went to bed, herself, believing the children to be asleep. The children’s mother was shopping at Meijer at the time.

Macksoud added that the accident was a tragic and impactful incident for all the public safety personnel involved, but more so for the victims and their families. The investigation was ongoing as of press time, but Macksoud said charges were not likely to be filed.

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, police reported.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Nico Rubello at nrubello@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1118.