LEROY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say a 6-year-old girl has died following a three-vehicle crash on a snowy roadway in southern Michigan.
State police say Harlyn Radley died after the crash at around 2 p.m. Wednesday on M-66, near Glenn Cross St., in Calhoun County’s Leroy Township, near Battle Creek.READ MORE: Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, SOS Benson React To Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict
According to investigators, a car driven by the child’s mother lost control and collided with another vehicle. A third vehicle then struck the wreckage.
Police said the mother, identified as Heather Hart-Radley, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of one of the other vehicles were injured.
According to investigators, speed and heavy, wet, blowing snow were all believed to have been factors in the crash, which happened during a storm that brought as much as a foot of snow to some areas of the state.
By late Thursday morning, a Gofundme page had already collected $5,000 in Harlyn’s name. A friend, who set up the online fundraiser, said money raised will go to help Harlyn’s father Sean with upcoming medical and funeral expenses.
“As friends of Sean’s for over 20 years, we want more than anything to help in some way,” Doug Bryson posted.”This is not just a donation, however a show of caring to let Sean know we are all here for him during this extremely difficult time.”
A second Gofundme, set up by a family member, has collected $2,800.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 5,259 New COVID-19 Cases, 85 Deaths Tuesday
Meantime, message of sympathy have been crowding social media.
“My heart aches and goes out to the Radley family at such a devastating time. I cannot imagine any greater loss than that of a child. Rest in peace little angel,” wrote Tabatha Anderson, in a Facebook post.
Music teacher Betty Picard wrote: “Keeping the Radley family in my heart. Overwhelming sadness through this tragedy. Harlyn, one of our 1st graders, brightened our days with an infectious smile and twinkling eyes. And there was the very cute, little, thoughtful look when she was thinking about an idea. Feeling lots of sadness today.”
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call troopers at the Marshall post at 269-558-0500 or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.MORE NEWS: Eastbound I-69 Ramps At Riley Center Road In St. Clair County Detoured Starting April 22
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