A family in Detroit is rallying around a little girl who was struck in a hit-and-run accident Monday on the city’s West Side. Kamari Smith, 8, was getting ice cream with friends when a silver Dodge Charger hit her , then immediately sped off.
Detroit’s WXYZ spoke with some of Smith’s friends, who witnessed the horrific act that unfolded near an ice cream truck. As shown in the broadcast, the girl’s shoes were still laying in the street as investigators continued scanning the area for clues.
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“When I came outside, I saw her on the ground,” said 10-year-old Tajah, a friend of Kamari, “And I really didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t do anything but cry because she’s my best friend. And it was just real sad.”
Police are looking for that silver Dodge Charger.
“I heard a loud thump.” said neighbor Ronald Cummings, “And as I came out the door, I just saw that Charger speeding away, and the little girl was laying in the street.”
A cousin of the victim spoke for the family, who gathered in support of Smith at Children’s Hospital. The cousin says that the girl is not breathing on her own and has had a CT scan. She remains in critical condition.
The cousin urged the driver of the vehicle that struck Kamari Smith to turn himself or herself in to authorities.
“We don’t believe you meant to do it, but it happened.” said Paul Johnson, “Do the right thing. Turn yourself in.”