Items were left at 10 Mile and Ryan roads in memory of 10-year-old Giana Giannini, of Warren, who was killed in a crash there on July 25.

Items were left at 10 Mile and Ryan roads in memory of 10-year-old Giana Giannini, of Warren, who was killed in a crash there on July 25.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Crash at 10 Mile and Ryan in Warren claims life of 10-year-old girl

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 27, 2020

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“She loved everything and everyone."

Bryon Giannini, victim's father

WARREN — Giana Giannini’s father said the 10-year-old loved to color, ride her bike and spend time in parks. She loved animals, especially dogs, and said her prayers every night with her dad.

Giana was killed at 10 Mile and Ryan roads at around 10 a.m. July 25 when a dump truck towing a trailer loaded with a backhoe loader allegedly ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. The machine reportedly fell onto the car driven by Giana’s mother, crushing the passenger side.

“It’s a tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said. “We did bring in the driver. He’s 60 years old. He’s from Chesterfield Township. We are still investigating the case.”

Dwyer said the Michigan State Police was assisting the Warren Police Department with the investigation and that blood and toxicology test results remained pending. Dwyer confirmed reports that the truck ran a red light and said there were witnesses.

“We’re talking to the prosecutor’s office,” Dwyer said, adding that it could be some time before a decision on any possible charges is made. Detectives are also reviewing video of the crash captured at the Shell gas station on the southwest corner of 10 Mile and Ryan, and a Tim Hortons on the intersection’s northeast corner.

“They had just left the Tim Hortons restaurant where the mother had driven her there to pick up her favorite sandwich. It’s sad,” Dwyer said.

Police said no decision about charges had been made at press time Aug. 6.

Giana’s mother, Erica Giannini, 36, required treatment including stitches but was not seriously injured.

The family is from Warren and lives near the intersection.

Giana’s father, Bryon Giannini, stopped at the corner on July 26 and paused by a memorial placed there by friends and family members. A neighbor passing through the intersection called out to him and offered his support. Another person stopped to console him.  

“She loved everything and everyone,” Bryon Giannini said about his daughter.

A GoFundMe appeal — searchable under the organizer’s name, Bryon Giannini — was set up in Giana’s memory to aid the family with funeral expenses. You can contribute at www.gofundme.com/f/232n9hzqlc?utm_source=facebook.

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