Driver in Detroit crash that killed 6-year-old boy charged with second-degree murder, driving while intoxicated

Four children were unrestrained in vehicle during crash Monday night

Sade Nicole Keith, 33, of Detroit, has been charged in a car crash that killed a 6-year-old boy on Oct. 5, 2020. Photo provided by the Detroit Police Department. (WDIV)

DETROIT – A Detroit woman is being charged with second-degree murder and driving while intoxicated following a car crash that killed a 6-year-old boy Monday night.

Sade Nicole Keith, 33, is accused of running a red light while driving at a high rate of speed and under the influence with four young passengers in the vehicle.

The passengers -- two 6-year-olds, one 3-year-old and a 1-year-old infant -- were reportedly unrestrained in the back seat. One 6-year-old child and the infant are Keith’s children. The other 6-year-old child and the 3-year-old were the children of a friend, according to officials.

At about 6:28 p.m. Monday, Keith was allegedly driving eastbound on Joy Road when she disregarded a red light at Artesian Street and was struck by a vehicle driving northbound on Artesian Street. Keith’s vehicle flipped and landed upside down on Joy Road, police say.

A 6-year-old boy -- who was not Keith’s child -- was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The remaining children and Keith were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Keith was charged Thursday with second-degree murder; operating while intoxicated, causing death; operating while license suspended, revoked or denied, causing death; three counts of second-degree child abuse and four counts of operating while intoxicated with an occupant less than 16 years old.

She is scheduled to be formally arraigned on these charges Thursday afternoon.

Driver arrested in Detroit crash that killed 6-year-old boy

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