Murder charge issued in Detroit crash that killed girl, injured others

Samyrah Leonard died Sunday when car crashed into parked car, hit tree


A 21-year-old Detroit man has been charged with murder in connection with a crash that killed a 3-year-old girl and left four others hurt.

Samyrah Leonard died Sunday after the crash on the city's west side.

Stephen James Holland, 21, is also charged with reckless driving causing death and three counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment.

The second-degree murder charge carries a possible life sentence.

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What happened:

Police said Holland was behind the wheel of a Chrysler Sebring and was speeding when he blew through a stop sign, lost control, struck a parked car and hit a tree near Wildemere and Thatcher streets.

A 9-month-old boy and a 11-year-old boy remain in critical condition.

A 14-year-old girl, a 19-year-old woman and Holland were also seriously hurt.

Police said it doesn't appear most of the children were wearing seat belts or were in car seats.

Police said alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in the crash, but speed is.

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