CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Clinton Township Police are investigating a fatal accident that killed a four-year-old child.
Police say the accident happened on Groesbeck, south of Weybridge, at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Family members have identified the four-year-old as Steven Pelshaw, Jr.
"I don't know why. [The kids] have never done anything like this," said Crystal Pelshaw, the boy's mother, "They don't even go by the front door unless there's a grownup with them."
The front door was locked when Crystal Pelshaw left her home to buy groceries. Her children were asleep and under their grandmother's supervision when some time overnight, Steven Pelshaw, Jr. and his five year old sister woke up and decided to sneak out of the house.
"I was in my room, and I didn't hear anything," said grandmother Sherry Ayers, "I didn't hear them wake up. They just woke up and got outside."
Mother and grandmother say the four year old boy followed his five year old sibling to the convenience store across the street. Officers say a driver was turning from southbound Groesbeck into the parking lot of a 7-11 when the driver saw Pelshaw's older sister in the convenience store's driveway.
Police say that while the driver was watching to make sure she didn't hit the five-year-old girl, she did not see the four-year-old Pelshaw - who was trying to cross Groesbeck.
The driver immediately stopped and stayed at the scene.
"I feel responsible that I wasn't here," said Pelshaw holding back tears, "But I don't think anybody was truly at fault. I think everybody feels like they have some part to blame, but it's just a really unfortunate circumstance."
Officers say alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the accident.