MADISON HEIGHTS (WWJ) – Police are reaching out to the public for tips after a 26-year-old woman was killed in a double hit-and-run in Madison Heights.
Nadea Kassab of Royal Oak was hit by not one, but two cars at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, according to investigators.
Police said the young woman was walking across Concord Dr. near 14 Mile Road when she was hit by a car that fled the scene. While she was lying in the roadway, police say a second car hit her and also kept going.
Kassab was later pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital.
Police on Monday released still shots of the vehicles believed to be involved. The dark, blurry images were captured by a local business’ surveillance system.
The first vehicle appears to be a light-colored, possibly silver, sedan. Police said the driver slowed down after the collision, but then continued southbound on Concord.
The second suspect vehicle appears to be a dark-colored or black car. Police said that car was traveling southbound on Concord, but turned around to head northbound after hitting Kassab, who was still lying in the street.
Kassab’s cousin, Chanel Konja of West Bloomfield, says when she got the news at 3 a.m., she thought it was fake.
“Honestly, I don’t know what went through my mind — a millions things at once,” she told WWJ’s Zahra Huber. “Is this real? Is this not real? My cousin kept crying and saying, ‘Do you think it’s true? Is she gone? Is she gone?’ And it was just very troubling to hear. It made me sick to my stomach.”
Konja said Kassab had a big heart and always put her family first. “Sad…that’s an understatement. I don’t even know what word to really use. Everybody is at a loss.”
A Gofundme page has been set up to help pay for the funeral.
“First and foremost our family would like to thank everybody who’s taking the time to read this post. Nadea was a beautiful, funny & sincere young lady, only 26 years old, whose life was taken too soon,” reads a message on the page. “We thank the staff at Beaumont Hospital for trying to save her. But it was too late. Our girl is gone, our hearts are broken and life will never be the same.”
As of 4 p.m. Monday, more than $9,500 had been pledged toward a $10,000 goal.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about a driver who could have been involved is asked to call Madison Heights Police at 248-585-2100.