Girl, 7, struck by car, killed while trying to get help for dad involved in drunk driving crash, police say

A 7-year-old was killed early Sunday after she was hit by a car while attempting to text 911 for help for her father.

(Fox 2 Detroit)

A 7-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle on Sunday while they tried to contact the police for help after her allegedly drunk father was involved in a drunk driving crash, according to police.

DeSandra Thomas was pronounced dead after she was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross I-94 in Detroit, Mich., her mother told Fox 2 Detroit. The police said the girl was looking for help after her father crashed their car in an abandoned car in the neighborhood of Merriman around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“They say that my daughter tried to save her father, she ran to get some help for her daddy, “Thomas’ mother, Sandria, burt’s, told Fox 2.

DeSandra Thomas was struck and killed Sunday.

Michigan State Police Lt Mike Shaw said the father lost control of the vehicle and ran off of the roadway. Thomas thought that her father was dead, stepped out of the car with her backpack and climbed over a fence. She attempted to call 911 for help.

They text to 911 saying she needed help, that Michigan state police said: “the same as a 911 call.” Police was not able to find Thomas, even after the pinging of the cell phone.

Shortly after the text, police got a 911 call from a woman saying that she believed that they may have on an animal or person while driving. Officials said Thomas was struck and killed instantly.

Michigan State Police later connected with the 911 texts to an alleged drunk driving crash is being investigated by the Romulus Police Department. The girl, her body was on 50 up to 150 meters away from her father’s car.

The father of the girl allegedly was driving drunk when he crashed the car they were in.

(Fox 2 Detroit)

“So here’s a poor 7-year-old child that is not her life back,” Shaw said. “Her father was involved in that crash that lost his daughter. Her mother, whose reported, lost her child. And there is someone who goes away for the rest of their lives because they know that they were involved in a traffic accident death of a 7-year-old girl.”

Burts said that her daughter’s death leaves an emptiness that never will be filled.”

“It is right emptiness. We are in shock, but I know that God is good and he is the only one who will be able to me and my family through this,” Burts said.

Thomas’ father was taken into custody and could face charges including drunk driving.

The driver of the car who hit the 7-year-old was questioned by police and released.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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