Child, 7, dies in Southfield Freeway crash; another seriously injured

July 21, 2022, 8:05 AM

A 7-year-old child died when they were ejected from a minivan in a Southfield Freeway crash, and another was seriously injured in the same vehicle. Both children appeared to be either unrestrained or improperly belted into car seats. 

The crash's aftermath, via WDIV-TV video

The Detroit News reports:

A preliminary investigation found a car heading north on the freeway (M-39) near Outer Drive around 8:50 p.m. was speeding when it struck another vehicle then crossed all lanes and collided with the median barrier, MSP reported on Twitter.

A 7-year-old sitting behind the 30-year-old female driver in the speeding car was not wearing a seat belt and died, according to MSP. 

A young child who had been "sitting in a car seat with only a lap belt over the seat was thrown from the seat and sustained serious injuries," authorities said.

The freeway was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. 

WDIV has a video report.

Read more:  Detroit News

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