Children killed by fleeing car were siblings 3 and 6 years old

Three-year-old Mikaya Jackson and 6-year-old Michaelango Jackson were killed, hit by a fleeing driver on Detroit's east side.

Five children in all were struck by the car, fleeing after seeing police. The car was speeding before jumping a curb and hitting the children. Based on witness accounts it may have struck children in two different locations near Nottingham and Frankfort.

Mikaya and Michaelango were outside playing in the front yard of the house at the time of the crash, at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.

"I was in the house with my brothers," said mother Alisha Jackson. "My mother came and told me that it was my son who got hit. I didn't even know it was both of my kids.

"After that I just went to the hospital."

She said she was able to see the children, but was unable to talk to them.

"They were dead on sight."

A suspect had been spotted by police in the car with a blue steel semiautomatic weapon. Causing them to pursue the Camaro.

Police Chief James Craig said officers reported the vehicle going in excess of 70 to 80 miles per hour. 

"Certainly they could not keep up with them and lost sight of the vehicle," Craig said. "They saw a plume of smoke suggesting there was a collision. They stopped and made efforts to resuscitate children in the roadway."

The children were transported in police cars to St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Both suspects were arrested and could be facing manslaughter charges. 

Alisha Jackson is asking for help, saying she is not prepared financially to bury two of her children.
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