8-year-old child, Kamari Smith struck by vehicle in hit and run on Detroit's west side

DETROIT (WXYZ) - An 8-year-old girl is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in a hit and run on Detroit's west side on Monday.

Kamari Smith was with a group of kids getting ice cream when a silver Dodge Charger struck her. 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."

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.”

“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 undergoing a battery of tests.

“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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