Teenage girls hit by car, killed crossing the street

Posted at 7:18 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 07:18:36-04

FLINT, MI (WEYI/CNN) – Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver, who killed two 13-year-old girls early Saturday morning while they were crossing the street.

The teenagers were leaving a celebration at the Black and Gold Banquet Hall in Flint, MI, around midnight.

Security working that night said they blocked off the parking lot, so the 13-year-olds were forced to walk across the busy street to their waiting parents.

Suddenly, a maroon-colored vehicle struck the girls.

"My heart is saddened, and my heart goes out to the families of the young ladies that lost their lives,” said Kerry Nelson, a Flint City Council member.

Police later recovered the vehicle, but they have not yet identified a suspect. They believe speed was a factor.

Nelson says he has been hearing complaints about the business that hosted the party for months.

"For the last past six months, we've been getting complaints from the neighborhood about loud noises, music, parties - Thursday, Friday and Saturday night – you know, traffic where you can't get through… So, for the last six months, I have been trying to work to shut this place down,” he said.

Now, in light of Saturday’s accident, Nelson says he wishes he could have done more.

"Unfortunately, I cannot re-do what happened in the 24 hours, but certainly, we can do something moving forward because certainly, we don't want this to happen again. We're not saying you can't have your parties or your gatherings, but there's a way to do it,” he said.

Police hope cameras at the scene will help with the investigation.

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