Police arrest man in connection with hit-and-run that killed 6-month-old boy

Two other children still recovering in hospital after rollover crash

DETROIT – Police have one person in custody in connection with a hit-and-run that took the life of a 6-month-old boy, police said.

The crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when a silver Pontiac Grand Prix T-boned a minivan at the intersection of Archdale Street and Puritan Avenue, which is near the Southfield Freeway south of West McNichols Road.

The van was hit so hard it flipped and rolled over. There were six people inside -- a mother, grandmother and four children ages 6 months, 2 years, 4 years, and 12 years old. All four children were thrown from the van after the windows shattered.

The 6-month-old boy was killed. The rest of the people in the minivan suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

Local 4 was with Demetrius Brown when he found out that the man allegedly involved in the the hit-and-run that killed his 6-month-old son had been arrested.

It was news the family desperately wanted to hear.

The deadly hit-and-run crash on Detroit’s west side sent the family’s van flipping – ejecting all four of Latoya Powel’s children who were sitting in the back seat.

“And I woke up, I was on the ground, and I just got up like ‘my babies, my babies!’” Powel said.

Powel’s two daughters, ages 2 and 4, are still recovering in the hospital. Brown said one of them just came out of surgery and the other has a broken hand and foot, and deep lacerations.

The girl’s 12-year-old brother who was also in the vehicle was treated and released, along with his grandmother.

The family says despite being properly restrained in a car seat, their 6-month-old son did not survive his injuries from the crash.

“He was born a preemie, he got big and was starting to crawl and laugh, and in 6 months, they took him away from us,” Brown said.

The family cannot comprehend how the man responsible for the crash could flee the scene like he did.

“If he made a mistake, he should have just stopped down the road. When you leave after flipping a car three or four times and see these babies’ bodies are flinging out, and you take off, you're a coward and an idiot,” Brown said.

As the driver sits in jail, the family wants to know one thing – why did he run?

“We don't even know. I guess we'll find out soon,” Brown said.