Man Accused Of Driving Onto Beach And Killing Teenager Arrested: Report

Source: MEGA


Jun. 5 2022, Published 8:51 a.m. ET

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A 23-year-old man who a prosecutor's office has accused of driving onto a populated beach in Michigan, killing a 12-year-old girl on Memorial Day, was arrested, according to a report.

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Fox 2 Detroit reported that Alexander Armond Smith, 23, was charged with murder in connection to the death of Ghadir Saleh, who police say was struck and killed when a man drove onto a populated beach on Bell Isle.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says Smith struck Saleh and her 14-year-old sister with his vehicle before speeding off from the scene, according to Fox 2.

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Prosecutor Kym Worthy did not say whether or not Smith intentionally drove onto the beach, Fox 2 reported.

"Mass shootings, especially ones where the victims are children—get a lot of attention and they absolutely should. But we must also remember individual cases where children lose their lives through violence—no matter the instrumentality of death. More will be revealed about the alleged facts of this case later because this tragic incident is still under active investigation by the Michigan State Police," Worthy said.

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Fox 2 reported that Smith was arrested on the city's west side.

Police say Smith was on Riverbank Drive before driving off the road and onto the beach, striking the girls. Both were taken to the hospital, where Saleh died and her sister remains in critical condition, according to Fox 2.

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Fox 2 reported that Saleh's family had moved to the U.S. from war-torn Yemen a few months ago and were on their first trip to Bell Isle Beach on Memorial Day when they were struck.

Police did not believe drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the incident, according to Fox 2.

Smith was booked into Wayne County jail, where he remains with no bond set.


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