Ice cream truck driver recalls deadly hit-and-run of 8-year-old Detroit girl

2 men face charges in connection to deadly hit-and-run on May 19


DETROIT – Ice cream truck driver Michael Evans was in court Friday where he recalled the hit-and-run crash that fatally injured an 8-year-old girl in Detroit.

Police said Kamari Smith was standing at Evans' ice cream truck at Robson Street and Eaton Avenue on May 19 when she was hit. She had just purchased ice cream from the truck.

"The only thing I could see was when little Kamari landed on the hood of the car. The car just slowed down a little bit and took off," said Evans.

Courtney Shields, 23, is charged with second-degree murder, reckless driving and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.

Kamari's loved ones burst into tears as they listened to Evans' testimony at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice for Shields' preliminary exam. Shields sat silent and emotionless in court.

Witnesses had rushed to save the young girl as the driver kept his foot on the gas.

"I came straight on the little girl and I told another young lady that was next to her ... I said, 'Don't touch her, you're not supposed to move somebody who is like that,'" said a witness.

Evans said he will never forget what he saw that day.

Kamari died days later at a hospital.

Leonard Crosby, 19, is charged with accessory after the fact. He waived his preliminary examination on Friday.