(WJBK) - Despite witnesses' attempt at CPR, a woman died after being struck by a Jeep while attempting to cross 12 Mile early Wednesday morning.
Jawanda Melton-Hill was riding home with her husband around 6 a.m. following behind a Jeep Wrangler when tragedy struck.
"My husband went to go past the Jeep and I'm looking - it's still rollling - and lo and behold it's a person," she said.
A 59-year-old woman from Detroit was attempting to cross 12 Mile and was struck by the Jeep. Jawanda says the victim was wearing all dark clothing and was nearly impossible to see, saying the Jeep swerved at the last moment but couldn't avoid hitting her.
Immediately after the collision, both Jawanda and her husband rushed to help, along with another bystander.
"He starts doing CPR. My husband starts to help and the woman who hit the lady when she saw the CPR being performed, she fell out.," she said.
Jawanda says the driver of the Jeep was going into shock.
"I just hugged her from the back and sat on the ground with her and held her until they put her in the police car," she said.
Southfield police say despite CPR given at the scene and then by paramedics at the hospital, the woman's life couldn't be saved.
Police interviewed the driver on scene and say the crash remains under investigation.