4-year-old killed in vehicle crash on US 23 in Livingston County

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 14:29:25-05

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — A 4-year-old girl from North Carolina was killed in a vehicle crash Friday while traveling with her family.

On Friday, Jan. 1 around 11 p.m., deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff's Office were responded to northbound US 23 south of Highland Road on the report of a single-vehicle crash with possible injuries.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a 36-year-old father from Fayetteville, North Carolina was operating a 2006 Ford Expedition northbound when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the roadway and strike several trees. The man's 33-year-old wife, 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, deputies say.

During the crash, the driver's 4-year-old daughter was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Police say the other occupants in the vehicle were extricated by personnel from the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority and taken to the University of Michigan Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

This incident remains under investigation.