DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after a hit-and-run accident Friday. Two other children were injured in the crash and taken to Children's Hospital.
Dearborn Heights police are looking for a driver of a burgundy 96 to 98 model year Oldsmobile or GM vehicle that failed to yield at a stop sign on Colgate and Telegraph around 2:30 p.m.
Cpl. Leonard Stewart, Dearborn Heights police traffic investigator says the driver may not know he hit the car with three young children inside.
Police say the initial impact sent the Buick carrying the children out of control, hitting this telephone pole along Telegraph and Stanford. That’s a woman living nearby witnessed fire crews working to get the critically injured girl out of the back seat.
“And it was sad to see because it looked like the girl was in and out of consciousness, she didn’t look good and I was praying that everything will be all right with the kids.”
7 action news has learned the children, all girls, ages 8, 7 and 4 were wearing seatbelts, but were not in child safety seats or booster seats as required by law. Michigan requires a child safety seat or booster seat until age 8. The children were only buckled up.
“The seat belts work, but they always work best with a child safety seat or a booster seat,” says Stewart.
According to the Secretary of State, Michigan's child booster seat law requires children to be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4-feet-9-inches tall. Children must ride in a seat until they reach the age requirement or the height requirement, whichever comes first.
The child restraint system may be either a child seat with harness straps, or a booster seat, with no back or a high-back, depending on the child's weight.