A Michigan Halloween crash has critically injured a 14-year-old girl who was out trick-or-treating Saturday night, the Ann Arbor News is reporting.
At about 9 p.m. on Halloween night, the teenage girl, whose name has not been released as of this post, was out trick-or-treating with a group of friends in the suburbs of Ann Arbor. Neighbor Becky Pearson, who witnessed the crash, said that it was pitch dark and that the girls were wearing dark costumes with dark face paint. There were no crosswalks or stop signs in the area where the crash occurred.
“There weren’t any car brakes or anything like that. I just heard a thud and screaming, and that was it. It was completely pitch black, no lighting whatsoever.”
The 33-year-old man who hit the girl immediately dialed 911.
“He was beside himself because he hit a person. He probably had a rough night, too. He couldn’t believe he hit somebody.”
As the girl’s friends, neighbors, and the distraught driver who struck the young lady gathered at the scene of the crash, an even more horrifying realization came upon them: the crash victim was nowhere to be seen.
“We were just out there wondering, ‘Where is she?’ It was just so dark. We didn’t even know how far she went. It was very confusing.”
The reality of the situation was even more terrifying than the original crash. After initially being struck, a second vehicle then struck the already-injured teen and dragged her for nearly two miles.
An unidentified man was leaving a nearby shopping center when he noticed that the vehicle in front of him was dragging something — something that he thought might have been an animal, according to Pittsfield Township Deputy Police Chief Gordy Schick.
“He thought it was a Halloween prank or a possible animal trapped underneath.”
The driver of the vehicle that was dragging the young girl slammed on his brakes and dislodged her, and then drove off. He or she has not been apprehended as of this post, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying him or her. Police describe the vehicle that dragged the girl as a dirty, black, older model, possibly a hatchback, with Michigan plates.
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The driver who had been following pulled over to help aid thing young girl until paramedics could arrive.
“I don’t know what would have happened if she didn’t get dislodged. She was underneath the car.”
The teen, who was critically injured in the crash, was taken to a nearby children’s hospital. Despite her horrific injuries, she is expected to recover.
“It’s almost unimaginable that you’d get dragged for 2 miles like that, but it’s a good outcome. I know that she’s been talking, so she’s been able to communicate what was happening. Hopefully she’s able to make a full recovery.”
The circumstances of the Michigan Halloween crash underscore the importance of practicing safe trick-or-treating. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, kids and teens who go trick-or-treating should observe the following rules.
- Stick to well-lit areas.
- Avoid crossing streets where there are no crosswalks or traffic control signals.
- Use reflective tape and/or carry a flashlight so drivers can see you, especially if your costume is dark-colored.
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible, and walk facing traffic.
Anyone with information about the Michigan Halloween crash is asked to call the Pittsfield police at 734-822-4911.
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