The family of a 7-year-old girl killed in a crash, just a couple of blocks from her house, spoke out Thursday. Milwaukee police are still searching for the driver, who took off from the scene.
Londyn Quesada died after a crash near 76th and Calumet Wednesday night in Milwaukee. Police said Quesada and her mother, Iesha, were in a car when another vehicle came and crashed into them at the intersection. The family said Londyn was ejected from her mother's car.
Police have not released any details, but the family said they believe two cars were racing and that Iesha and Londyn were at the wrong place at the wrong time. They say the people who were in the car that hit the mother and daughter ran into another car and took off from the scene of the crash. Police are not confirming that.
"I just didn't know what to do...I just [saw] her, it was after 5 when she picked me up from work," said Marcella Bush, Londyn's grandmother. "And my grandbaby, that was all she was talking about to me, was 'nana, I want to go church with you tonight and Sunday.' She loved to be in church. She was a lovable little girl. Very intelligent. She was charming. And most of all she had education, was smart, wise. This didn’t even have to happen her, because she’s an innocent bystander."
Iesha was rushed to the hospital with multiple injuries.
“When I walked into the hospital and saw my daughter laying in that bed, I just didn’t know what to do because her face was injured,” Bush said. “She looked in rough shape. When she opened her eyes, I said ‘thank you, Jesus, she’s alive.’ Because I could have lost her too, not only my grandbaby, which is already too much to bear.”
Bush says she will not rest until she knows who is responsible for this.
“I want to see their face,” she said. “I want to know who did it. You killed an innocent baby then jumped in another car and took off. Nobody stopped to see if she was okay. You will be brought to justice."
Londyn’s baby sister, Callie, has been asking for her big sister. Londyn’s teachers, and the families of her 2nd-grade classmates at Milwaukee College Prep, have also reached out to the family. It’s prompting everyone to pray that drivers in Milwaukee take this tragedy to heart, and do better.
“There is so much bad stuff going out on these roads,” Bush said. “These drivers are reckless. When you take an innocent life, it’s not just hurting that one person. It ruins the lives of so many family and friends.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.
Family and friends have scheduled a vigil for Quesada for this Friday at the scene of the deadly crash. Organizers say they will honor the 7-year-old and raise awareness for reckless driving.