UPDATE: Driver and 3-Year-Old Involved in 23 Mile and Hayes Crash Die

The driver of a vehicle that ran a red light last night at 23 Mile Road and Hayes, hitting a minivan carrying a family of five, has passed away. A 3-year-old child passenger in the minivan has also died.

A 3-year-old passenger and the female driver of a vehicle involved in a crash Monday night on 23 Mile Road have passed away, according the the Shelby Township police.

The crash, which occurred around 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of 23 Mile and Hayes roads sent all six people involved, including three children, to the hospital.

Police said the woman who died was driving an Oldsmobile west on 23 Mile Road when she ran a red light and hit a minivan traveling south on Hayes Road. There were five people in the minivan, an adult male and female and three children.

Doug Goad, owner of the Corner Clock Restaurant at the corner of 23 and Hayes, said he was serving dinner when patrons in the restaurant screamed after witnessesing the crash.

Goad said he called 911, and ran out to help. The moments following the crash will haunt Goad forever, he said. The father of the children climbed back into the van and handed the 3-year-old out the window to people on the streets, he said.

Goad, with tears in his eyes, said he and a nurse on scene tried to resuscitate the child until paramedics arrived. 

"We laid her down on the grass, and the nurse started pumping her chest to get blood flow back, and she asked me to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and she came back a few times," he said choking back tears.

The child's mother was trapped in the front of the vehicle and had to be extracited by the Jaws of Life, according to Goad.

Meanwhile, people at the scene worked to free the driver of the Oldsmobile from the vehicle until police arrived.

Police have not released the names of the driver of the victims in the crash until all family has been notified.

Shelby Township Police Chief Roland Woelkers did say the child is from Macomb Township and the driver who died was from Sterling Heights.

Woelkers told Patch the other children and one adult were treated and released from the hospital. The mother of the three children remains hospitalized.

Preliminary investigations reveal the female driver who died may have been drinking, Woelkers said.

The intersection was re-opened several hours after the crash.

This accident is currently under investigation, and anyone who may have witnessed it is asked to call the Shelby Township Police Department at 586-731-2121.

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Anne Arnold June 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
This is so, so sad! The new lights are inconsistent and confusing, leading people to assume when the lights change (and sometimes they just turn red and force drivers to decide to clear the intersection or stay put). I was almost hit once in this very intersection. My heart aches for the families involved.
Michaelena Rodriguez June 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I was there seconds after this accident... My heart aches heavely for this family! I watches and prayed that thw baby.girl would come back to us and prayed that the other children and the parents would be ok. I cant even begin to try to understand what the family is going through. It was a horrific scene. Im so sorry for thier loss.
Sarah K June 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
While I agree that the new lights are sometimes confusing, that doesn't seem to be the cause of this accident. A yellow light is a yellow light (and a red light a red light)...and if that woman was going straight on 23 Mile, she should have stopped if the light were yellow. The only thing really new about the new lights is the left turn signal. Also, the article mentions that alcohol may have been part of this....so sad a 3 year old had to lose her life because of that :( These kinds of stories make me never want to drive my kids around again :(
Americkan June 27, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Seems like everyone is in such a hurry these days that the possibility of a fatal accident is the furthest from anyone`s mind. I live in the 21/Hays area and hear sirens all day long. My prayers go out to those lost in both vehicles and I know first hand having lost a 16 year old cousin in a car accident that the pain will never go away.
Sad Friend June 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I have met her...I really liked her!!!...I am super sad for your family and super sad for the family that lost their 3 year old daughter...NOTHING makes this better...alcohol being involved obviously would make it worse if she was found "drunk"...but only worse because it's just soooo useless to drive drunk...if that be the case..IF she was drunk...I wonder why she made that choice...she was a person of integrity and not someone that I would expect make such a poor choice! God be with both families...I hope you all find peace as hard as that seems. For all of you writing..remember...EVERYONE makes bad decisions from time to time. She obviously didn't mean for this to happen! DON'T make the same bad choice!! And whether she was drunk or not...SLOW DOWN...LOOK AROUND...BE SAFE
ckprincess June 28, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This accident happened right in front of me literally within a few feet. Lets clear up one thing It wasn't the light. Traffic was stopped and she turned into the left lane to bypass the red light and went through the intersection hitting the mini van. This had nothing to do with the timing of the lights and there was pleanty of sunlight. I was also the nurse that provided CPR to the innocent 3 year old and my thoughts and prayers go out to her parents and family. What a horrible accident.
Marina Cracchiolo June 28, 2012 at 09:41 PM
@CK. Thank you for being brave and jumping in. Doug Goad from the Corner Clock restaurant said you were a huge help. Would you please contact me, marina.cracchiolo@patch.com? Thanks!
Matt Guarnieri June 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I don't understand either, what did the drunk driver think they were doing? Trying to make a left on red?.... Were they in some kind of hurry? Was there any thought at all? Just run through the intersection on red? This is just the most tragic of preventable things.
Lilly July 02, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Drunk drivers DON'T think...duh ?? drunk ?! I used to drink but called a cab if I drank too much ..now reading all this kinda stuff ..well I almost quit drinking all together ..yep it makes me sick to think these idiots are on the roads with us and just don't care about anyone else ..just their booze.The scarey thing is there are sooo many of them ..I know a neighbor who has 4 DWI and is still on the road drivin drunk.WHY ???
Mike E. September 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM
This is so sad! Ferndale Police Host Benefit Tonight In Honor of Officer's Late Toddler. Ferndale Police Officer John Cleveland's 3-year-old daughter Olivia was killed when a drunk driver struck the family's vehicle on June 25. Read the full article on Ferndale Patch. http://ferndale.patch.com/articles/ferndale-police-host-benefit-thursday-in-honor-of-officer-s-late-toddler?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001


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