The SUV skidded across the roadway and hit the Eight Mile bridge at the border of Harper Woods and St. Clair Shores. The child was buckled into a auto safety seat.
A 1-year-old buckled into what police described as an ill-fitting auto seat was the only survivor after an SUV crashed into a bridge near Detroit early Monday, killing the vehicle's other four occupants, including the child's mother. The AP and Free-Press report the Buick SUV was driving at high speeds in Harper Woods when the driver tried to pass another vehicle, lost control, careened across the lanes, and ended up striking a bridge.
Alesias son, who turned 1 on Saturday, is the only survivor and was the only person with a seatbelt on, although police say he was improperly belted into his seat.
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"Out of nowhere the vehicle came flying down the side of us, doing about 80", recalled John Wade, who helped call 911 after witnessing the crash.
She said Alesia, Armonie and Ervin all lived with her in her home in Detroit. "That was the only thing that probably ... saved the baby".
Alesia's son, Josiah, was safe in the backseat but her brother, 18-year-old Armonie Maddox and cousin 18-year-old Ervin Johnson, were ejected from the auto and killed.
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Police say the child also was in the SUV and had minor injuries. Four people inside who were not wearing seatbelts died instantly, Lt. Michael Shaw said. "Just the amount of carnage I guess involved in this crash, it kind of set a lot of people back", Shaw said.
State police said "no evidence of alcohol or narcotics" emerged in the investigation.
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