Police recover silver Dodge Charger suspected in hit and run of 8-year-old Kamari Smith

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police have found a vehicle they suspect was involved in the Detroit hit and run that left an 8-year-old girl critically injured. 

Police say they responded to a call on Wednesday of a car on fire. Upon arrival, they noticed the damage to the car was consistent with the incident that occurred on Detroit's west side on Monday. 

Family tells us that Kamari Smith, the girl who was hit, has a slim chance of survival. 

Kamari was with a group of kids getting ice cream when a silver Dodge Charger struck her on Monday. Neighbors say it's a vehicle that's been seen around the block before.

Kamari's shoes were still lying at the scene where investigators were taking measurements around the impact point, the ice cream truck, and where Kamari landed.

“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."

“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.”

“And it’s just really, really sad to see somebody hit a little girl and keep going like that.” said neighbor Rosie Edwards, whose children play with Kamari.

Family members gathered at Children's Hospital, where Kamari is being treated.

“She’s not breathing on her own." said Paul Johnson, the victim's cousin, "And she’s in critical. And she’s got a CT scan already and we’re waiting on results to come back.”

“We are a praying family," said Kamari's great-great aunt Gwen Aikens, "And I’m just believing in the power of prayer to bring her about.”

As Kamari’s loved ones keep vigil, their message for the driver is simple:  Put yourself in the shoes of those praying for the little girl who wore the ones lying on the street.

“We don’t believe you meant to do it, but it happened." said Johnson, "Do the right thing. Turn yourself in.”
 

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