- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The family of an 8-year-old Detroit girl who was killed by a hit-and-run driver has donated her organs to people in need of transplants, the Wayne County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.

An autopsy for Kamari Smith was postponed Tuesday so that her organs could be harvested for the Gift of Life program, medical examiner’s spokeswoman Mary Mazur told The Associated Press.

Two Detroit men have been charged in the crash, and an arraignment on new charges is expected now that Kamari has died, said county prosecutor’s spokeswoman Maria Miller.

Cortney Shields, 23, is jailed on charges of reckless driving and failure to stop at the scene of a serious injury accident, while Leonard Crosby, 18, is jailed on a charge of being an accessory after the fact. It was unknown if the men have lawyers, Miller said.


Shields now awaits arraignment on new charges of second-degree murder, failure to stop at the scene of an at-fault fatal accident and reckless driving causing death, Miller said. She said a date for the hearing will be announced Wednesday.

Kamari was struck May 19 while standing near an ice cream truck on the city’s west side and died Monday at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, authorities say. The Detroit News said that police recovered a Dodge Charger with damage to its front end.

“I heard a loud thump, and as I came out the door, I just saw that Charger speeding away, and the little girl was (lying) in the street,” neighbor Ronald Cummings told WXYZ-TV.

“Whoever this coward was hit my baby and kept going,” Kamari’s aunt, Lisa Surrell, told WDIV-TV.

Rosie Edwards said her children were Kamari’s playmates.

“And it’s just really, really sad to see somebody hit a little girl and keep going like that,” Edwards said.

Police said the ice cream truck was using safety signals at the time.

“The signs and the lights were activated,” but the driver disregarded the stop, said Capt. Anthony Topp of the Detroit Police Department.