Driver who hit 4-year-old not expected to face charges

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WXYZ) - Clinton Township Police say they do not expect charges to be filed against the driver who hit a 4-year-old boy.

The driver was going southbound when she saw a little girl on the side of the road. She slowed down to avoid hitting the 5-year-old, but did not see the girl's brother trying to catch up with his sister.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Groesbeck Highway in Clinton Township. The children were supposed to be in bed.  Their grandma was watching them, and had gone to sleep. She didn't hear them get up and leave the house.

Steven Pelshaw, 4, died at the scene.

Police say the 24-year-old driver from Fraser stopped at the scene and that alcohol and drugs did not play a factor in the crash.

During an interview on Saturday the child's mom said she didn't believe the driver was at fault.

"I don't think anybody was truly at fault," said Crystal Pelshaw. "I think everybody feels to blame, but it is just a really unfortunate circumstance."

Police say the girl said she and her brother left their home because they wanted to get a Slurpee at the 7-11 across the way.

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