DETROIT (WJBK) - A tragic crash left a 3-year-old boy dead and his mother arrested on Detroit's east side Thursday night.
The woman was driving a minivan and ran through a red light at Hayes and Seven Mile, hitting another car. The crash ejected her 3-year-old son from the vehicle, who later died at the hospital.
Police arrested the mother under suspicion of driving drunk. She also had an infant inside the minivan who is believed to be okay. She was traveling eastbound on Seven Mile when she went through the red light, hitting a Lincoln traveling on Hayes. The people inside that car were not hurt.
Police officers were in the area at the time of the crash and transported the 3-year-old to the hospital.
"I was riding past and I saw the officer pick the little kid up out of the middle of the street and rush him to the hospital," said witness John Romy.
"(Taking the child to the hospital themselves) is the decision the officers who arrived at the scene made," Capt. Michael McGinnis of the Detroit police said. "When you are dealing with young children, it is not a difficult decision, but it will be difficult for the officers in the days and weeks to come."
Police say the infant in that van was believed to be in a child's seat, but we don't know yet if the 3-year-old was restrained.
Witnesses out here say the woman may have run over the child after he was thrown from the van but we have not confirmed that with police.
The family is raising funds for the 3-year olds funeral, to donate, please visit the GoFundMe link.