Roseville man charged with death of Detroit child in crash

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 6, 2021

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DETROIT — A Roseville man has been charged in connection with a fatal car crash that resulted in the death of a 9-year-old boy in Detroit.

On March 22, one count of reckless driving causing death was leveled against 20-year-old Daveon Hardiman, of Roseville. The incident reportedly occurred at approximately 2:54 p.m. March 20.

Prosecutors allege that Hardiman was driving in the wrong direction and over the speed limit on Andover Street in Detroit when he crashed into 9-year-old Mai’Juan Calderin, who was operating a four-wheel ATV at the time near Andover’s intersection with East Lantz Avenue. The intersection is in the general area of John R Road and West State Fair Avenue.

EMS and Detroit police officers responded to the scene, where Calderin was pronounced deceased.

Hardiman was arraigned in 36th District Court March 22. His bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety, and a condition of bond is that he not drive. His preliminary examination is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5.

“The evidence will show that Mr. Hardiman has no prior criminal record,” said Arnold Weiner, Hardiman’s attorney. “There was no alcohol, no drugs, no distracted driving; none were involved in the accident. The young man who unfortunately died was driving an off-road vehicle and darted out into the street. That’s what the video (of the incident) shows. The young man was only 9 years old. He was too young to even be driving such a vehicle unsupervised.”

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