Man set to receive kidney reacts to donor's death after crash on Detroit's west side

Detroit - Hours after the crash on Detroit’s west side Monday, the crowds – the outpouring grief – were proof a special woman had died.

23-year-old Diamond Scott was mere moments away from picking up her mother, but a driver ran a red light and crashed into Diamond’s car at the intersection of Greenfield and Curtis.

“I talked to her maybe like two seconds. And she said, ‘Mom, get ready to pull up. I said, ‘I'm right here,’” Katherine Scott said.

Diamond’s pastor was among those who rushed to the scene. She was “tremendously respected by her family, by her friends by the community by the church,” Pastor Zachary Hicks said.

Diamond’s church is where her death takes an even more staggering turn – and shows just how special she was. Fellow church member Ronald White is on dialysis. Diamond was planning to give the 20-year-old one of her kidneys. She was a perfect match. Ronald said he was shocked to learn about Diamond’s death Monday morning.

“It wasn't that I couldn't get a kidney, but more so that a good person was taken,” Ronald said. “She was always smiling. Like I said, she was a loving person,” he described.

Now, Ronald says, he’s with an ailing heart, too. And as police continue to investigate the crash that killed Diamond, he offers sincere condolences to her family.

“I hope that they can at least cope with this. Because it's a hard feeling, and if it's hard for me, I understand how hard it is for them.”

Ronald will go back on the kidney donor registry.

Diamond was a Wayne State University graduate. She had just accepted a job as a social worker in Baton Rouge.

Detroit police say the man who struck her car remains in critical condition. He could face charges of negligent homicide or vehicular manslaughter.

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