DETROIT, MI (WXYZ)—Detroit police are investigating after a 17-month-old girl was hit and killed by a car on the city’s northwest side on Sept. 3 morning.
According to police, it happened in the 18400 block of Faust St., which is just west of the Southfield Freeway and south of 7 Mile Rd.
The child’s mother was reportedly backing a vehicle out of the driveway when the girl was struck and killed.
The girl was taken to the hospital but died from her injuries.
Police are continuing to investigate.
7-year-old Boy with Autism Leaves School, Gets Hit by Car
Indianapolis, IN (WRTV )—A boy was hit by a car on Aug. 26 on the west side of Indianapolis after somehow leaving his Indianapolis Public School (IPS). Now, the boy’s parents want answers.
“They failed me and my child, severely. My son could’ve been killed,” Pearl Barnett, parent of IPS student who was hit by a car, said. “This is a mother’s worst nightmare.”
First-grader, Frank Barnett, who has autism, has been through a lot the past 48 hours.
“I’d like to see justice for my son. I really would,” Barnett said. “Because, unfortunately, he’s nonverbal. He can’t speak for himself.”
According to Frank’s Individualized Education Program through Stephen Foster School 67, he is never to be left alone.
The 7-year-old’s mother wants to know how he was able to leave the west side school, somehow wander to a family friend’s home nearby, and get hit by a car at Exeter Avenue and Michigan Street.
“I got in the ambulance, and he had a gauge here where his skull was actually showing. And a busted chin,” Pearl said. “I mean he was just covered in blood.”
He had a concussion, nearly 50 stitches, and bruising head-to-toe. Frank had to spend the night in the hospital and is now recovering.
His mother feels the school is at fault for letting him escape and not reacting quick enough to protect him.
All of this happened during dismissal when students were trying to exit the school building—a time when Frank should have been riding home on the bus.
“He gets curb to curb service due to the autism. And when he gets in one of those moods, depending on what happened at that time of the incident, he runs,” Barnett said. “And they’re all aware of this. It’s stated in his IEP which I do have that he should never be left unattended. He’s always got to be with another adult which he was not.”
IPS would not speak to RTV6 on camera about this—saying the boy broke away from a staff member and ran out of the building. School administrators immediately called IPS Police as they searched for him. The school said they followed all of the proper protocols, but would not share what those protocols were.