4-year-old killed crossing Groesbeck Highway in Clinton Township

Mother: Child snuck out of house for late night snack while grandmother was watching him

By Corey McIsaac - Producer

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Clinton Township Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy who was hit by a car as he attempted to cross Groesbeck Highway north of Metro Parkway at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

The driver tells police she didn't see the boy in the street until it was too late.

Police say the driver, a 24-year-old woman from Fraser, slowed when she saw a young child standing near the roadway of the 7-11 on Groesbeck.

During that split second her eyes were off the road she felt an impact to the front of her car. Steven Pelshaw Junior, age 4, was hit and killed while trying to cross the road from East to West.

The driver immediately stopped her car just south of the 7-11.

The boy's mother, Crystal Pelshaw, tells Local 4 Steven and her 5-year-old daughter were at home with their grandmother while she was out on a late night shopping trip.

She says while their grandmother was asleep the children got out of bed and snuck out of the house. Pelshaw says the pair was likely heading to the 7/11 for a late night snack.

Sadly with the speed limit of 50 miles per hour on Groesbeck, little Steven didn't have much of a chance of surviving the impact.

He died at the scene.

Police say alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash and driver was released pending a further investigation.

The tragic investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Lieutenant Raymund Macksoud at Clinton Township Police at 586-493-7911.

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