3-year-old girl killed, two other kids critically injuried in accident on Detroit's northwest side

Witnesses say car was traveling 70 mph

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The father of the 3-year-old girl who died in a serious car accident on the city's northwest side says she was something special.

Robert Sumler identified his daughter Samira Leonard as the child who passed away during an accident on Wildemere near Thatcher on Sunday.

Detroit police say a 21-year-old man was driving five other passengers in a 2002 Chrysler Convertible Sebring. Investigators believe the driver was going 60-70 miles an hour in a residential area where the posted speed limit is 25 mph. The driver lost control and hit a parked car.

All six occupants were taken to area hospitals. Leonard was later pronounced dead. She was not in a car seat. Police say she was being held by a 14-year-old girl in the back seat. A 9-month-old boy, who was in a car seat, and an 11-year-old boy were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. Their conditions have since been upgraded to serious.

At this time police have ruled out drugs and alcohol. They believe the driver's lack of experience contributed to the accident.

Action News has learned the driver's name but is withholding it pending criminal charges. Investigators say charges could range from homicide to child abuse. The case has not yet been turned over to the prosecutor's office.

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