COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 5-year-old was killed in a crash that happened Saturday afternoon in Comstock Township, state police said.
According to police investigation and witness statements, a Silver Pontiac van driven by a 29-year-old woman from Kalamazoo was headed east on H Avenue and failed to stop at a red light. A gray Chevy Impala, driven by a 41-year-old man from Augusta, that was headed north on Sprinkle Road had the right of way, but still tried to stop for the van that ran the light. It failed to stop, hitting the van on its passenger side.
The impact caused the van to turn over and a 5-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman driving was her mother, according to state troopers.
Both drivers only suffered minor injuries. MSP said that alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors. It is unknown if seatbelts were used.
Comstock Fire and Rescue posted on Facebook that the intersection of Sprinkle Road and East H would be closed for nearly an hour following the crash. The road has since reopened.
State police are investigating the crash.
Editor’s note: The original report indicated that the crash was a hit-and-run, however, state police have since said they made a mistake and that the driver did not run from the scene.