Detroit police hold suspected driver in hit-and-run of 8-year-old

Kamari Smith remains in critical condition after being hit Monday while standing near ice cream truck

DETROIT - Detroit police say a warrant request for a suspected driver in the hit-and-run of an 8-year-old girl will be submitted on Saturday.

On Friday, police were questioning two men as persons of interest. One of them is being held. Police said more details would be released after a warrant request was submitted to the prosecutor's office.

Kamari Smith has been hospitalized in critical condition since the incident Monday on Robson Street, near Greenfield and Fenkell roads. She was hit by a silver Dodge Charger while she stood at an ice cream truck -- which did have its stop sign activated, police said.

Johnny Russell watched the man in the Charger slam right into the little girl.

"He was doing about 50 mph," Russell said. "(It) hit her by the black car. Her head hit the windshield."

Police said they have since recovered the silver Charger believed to have hit Smith. Marks One Rental handed the car over to police. It had noticeable damage to the front end.

"(The damage) was on the front -- the grill, the hood. There are some scratches on the rear part of the vehicle as well," said Heather Moffat, of Marks One.

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