2-year-old ejected from mini-van after being hit by state police car
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK() - A 2-year-old child was ejected from a mini-van after a state police cruiser following another vehicle hit it. The child apparently wasn't buckled in and was hospitalized.
By Monday night the child was back home and expected to make a full recovery.
"Innocent people were hurt and that child was hurt," said Pastor Lawrence London. "And I don't think they ever caught the person they were chasing."
A mini-van and a Michigan State Police cruiser were totaled, taking out the fence and lawn of New Jerusalem Temple Baptist Church on Easter Sunday.
Pastor Lawrence London got the call Sunday evening that his church was a crash scene. Sources say a Michigan State Police had been pursuing a burgundy vehicle.
A trooper was on his way to that scene on eastbound Fenkell when a 38- year-old man driving the mini-van ran a stop sign at Oakfield and was t-boned by the trooper, ejecting a two-year-old boy from the van.
Police tell us that toddler was not in a car seat but the good news was he was kept overnight in the hospital for observation and was released Monday.
"It would never have happened if there had not been a chase," London said.
But police say it's the driver of the minivan who could be in trouble - both he and the trooper were treated and released. They say the driver could be ticketed for failing to stop at the stop sign, failing to have the child properly restrained and - they say - alcohol and narcotics could be involved.
As for the damage to the church property, London says that can be replaced.
"We're just blessed all this took place and we didn't have any other activities because generally we do have afternoon services," London said.