Garden City family seeks answers after 14-year-old girl is injured in hit and run

Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 18:23:42-05

GARDEN CITY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Police in Garden City are looking for the driver involved in a hit and run crash Monday afternoon.

Fourteen-year-old Jade Longsdorf suffered a concussion and several cuts when she was struck by a light colored van on Marquette Avenue near Merriman Road.

According to police, the incident occurred around 3:30 p.m.

“It was so scary. When I walked in she had a brace on her, she was bleeding down her face,” Jade’s mom, Maureen Longsdorf told 7 Action News.

Jade, who is recovering at home after being treated at the hospital, said she was using a crosswalk when she was hit. She was walking home with a friend at the time.

“I started crossing, I saw the van come from Marquette onto Merriman,” Jade said.

According to police, the driver did stop momentarily, but then took off. He’s described as a middle aged white man with long gray hair, a mustache and a beard.

Investigators believe he was driving a white or beige van with tinted windows.

Jade’s been struck by a car on Marquette before. According to Maureen, she was hit three times in the last two years, all in different areas.

While police haven’t seen many pedestrian-related crashes on Marquette, Monday’s hit and run brings back bad memories for the Longsdorf family. The first time Jade was hit on Marquette, Maureen said she was also using a crosswalk.

“She was on her way to school on her bike. She was crossing in the school zone on the crosswalk at Marquette and Farmington.“

Jade hopes the driver responsible comes forward, and she has a message for pedestrians.

“Just be careful and look both ways as much as they can,” she says.

Anyone with information on the suspected driver should contact Garden City Police at 734-793-1742.