DEARBORN — The 16-year-old sister of 12-year-old Ghadir Saleh, who was tragically killed on Belle Isle on Monday from a hit-and-run crash, was in critical condition and required surgery, as of Wednesday evening.
A member of the girl’s family told The Arab American News that she had been responsive, but had been undergoing careful monitoring by doctors.
The Michigan State Police, which is investigating the incident, told The Arab American News that her earlier status as stable had been downgraded to critical this afternoon.
The girls suffered injuries when a car drove off Riverbank Drive and onto a busy beach where the Saleh family was enjoying Memorial Day. Ghadir tragically died from those injuries.
Horrifying footage from the incident quickly spread widely on social media and WhatsApp groups in the local Arab American community.
Local community Facebook groups say Ghadir had immigrated to the U.S. from Yemen only three months ago. The sisters are Lowrey Middle School students in Dearborn. A vigil for the Ghadir is planned in Dearborn for Friday.
A service was planned for Thursday and will see officials from the Dearborn Public Schools, who issued letters of condolences to the school community. Lowrey School Principal Dr. Rima Younes was with the family at the hospital following the crash.
Here’s the information we have received from the police:
- Michigan State Police told The Arab American on Wednesday that no alcohol or drugs were involved in the hit-and-run.
- The investigation is still ongoing and police are not ruling anything out as far as motive is concerned, but are urging the community not to jump to any unnecessary conclusions at this early stage.
- The suspect is a 23-year-old Black male from Ypsilanti.
- The suspect was not arrested on Belle Isle. The police used the community’s help and footage from Project Green Light cameras in the city to identify the vehicle and tracked him to Detroit’s west side outside of a house.
- Police have interviewed quite a few people, but are looking for anyone who was on the beach and did not speak to a trooper on the night of the crash to call MSP or 800 SPEAK UP, even if they think police have already heard the information or that it’s not important.
UPDATE: We are continuing to investigate this incident and working with the prosecutors office. We are looking for anyone who was on the beach and did not speak to a trooper on the night of the crash to call MSP or 800 SPEAK UP. 9/ pic.twitter.com/5PREOxP488
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) June 1, 2022