Damon Bailes said he had just finished preaching to his congregation at Timothy Baptist Church on Sunday when he learned his older brother, Anthony Bailes, didn’t make it after being struck by a car hours earlier overnight.
“He was a beautiful person. Always nice, giving, lovable," Bailes reflected.
Anthony Bailes, 49, was killed early Sunday morning when Detroit police say a woman driving a gold Chevy Malibu ran a stop sign, t-boned a maroon Chevy Impala, and sent that car up the sidewalk at Greenfield and Chalfonte.
Bailes was in a wheelchair just outside of his apartment. The 51-year-old Impala driver was also killed, and a five-year-old boy inside was injured and is in stable condition at the hospital.
Detroit police say the woman had been drinking before that crash, and instead of staying at the scene, she drove herself to the hospital to be treated for her own injuries.
“I don’t feel no anger towards her," Bailes said.
Anthony Bailes, who was living with lupus and had been using a wheelchair for the last 10 years, leaves behind eight brothers and his mother.
Damon Bailes said he wants the woman who did this to be held accountable.
“Ask God for forgiveness because you don’t take nobody’s life," Bailes said.
The 25-year-old driver who caused the crash remains in the hospital. Detroit police tell 7 Action News they are seeking charges of negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, and drinking while driving.
Meanwhile, the family of Anthony Bailes is asking for help covering funeral expenses. Anyone willing to help the family can call Richard Bailes at 313-687-2960.