Teen girl hit by driver being chased by police
Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:07:07 GMT —
A 13-year-old girl, who was hit by a man with a federal drug warrant and died, will be laid to rest Monday, September 3rd.
Misty Kurmas was crossing the street on her way to church September 28th. At the same time Michigan State Police say they were chasing 28-year-old Mark Blount who was wanted on a federal drug warrant for allegedly distributing heroin. The suspect then allegedly crashed into the girl. She was taken to the hosptial, where she later died from the injuries. Police took Blount into custody shortly after the crash.
Those at the scene are expressing sympathy and frustration about an accident they say should not have happened.
"I instantly, being a mom, ran out there," says Shondie Rose, a worker at ABC Tire in Flint. She heard what she thought was two cars colliding. It was a van swerving to miss an unmarked police car and crashing into 13-year-old Misty Kurmas who was curled up on the road unconscious.
"I kept telling the little girl, 'It's going to be okay. It's going to be okay. They'll be here soon," says Rose who felt a faint pulse, but a few hours later, Misty passed.
Neighbor Shawn Johnson kept her kids out of school Thursday because they knew Misty and are taking it hard. She says, "It's going to be really hard having to wake up in the morning and I don't see her walking by, saying "Hi" to us. It's really going to be hard."
A memorial with pennies, bears, candles, bracelets, and well-wishes stands at the corner of Saginaw Street and Tobias in Flint.
Those who witnessed the accident question the police officer's actions.
"Yes, that guy needs to be brought down, but not in a school zone," says Gregory Kimball, who owns ABC Tire across the street from the accident.
"Whatever warrants he had for his arrest, why couldn't have you just waited or slowed the chase down, or just not even had one?" says Rose.
Police say it's still an open investigation and that they are in contact with the family.
ABC Tire is accepting donations for the family.
Misty attended Flint Southwestern Academy. School leaders say counselors are available.
Kurmas' funeral service will be held Monday, September 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Flint Baptist Temple in Burton.