DeSandra Thomas, A Hero At Only 7

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I know I’m not the only person devastated about what’s been going on lately around the world in our own communities. I mean, everyday we hear about young, innocent people who lose their lives because of the violence that has been happening around us. Some of them, like DeSandra Thomas are even considered heros.

Thomas, a 7-year-old girl was killed while she crossed I-94 after she tried to get help in order to save the life of her father. You might be wondering, “How did this all happen?” Well, let me break the story down a little more. According to WJBK (Fox 2), a drunk driver, who happened to be Thomas’ father, crashed near Merriman Road on the highway around 3:30 am into a abandoned car on I-94. According to, Thomas left the scene where she used a cell phone to notify the police that her father had been hurt very badly and she was worried that he may be dead.

This then led her to attempt to walk across the highway where she was reported to have been hit by a woman who was driving on the highway near Inkster Road. The female driver reported that she thought she had hit a pedestrian with her vehicle. Even though Thomas survived the crash, her body was discovered about a mile away from the scene. Due to the cell phone’s tracking technology, police could not locate her immediately.

When I heard this story, I was completely heartbroken to hear about another young innocent life being taken. Thomas took it upon herself to make sure her father was safe and in good hands. If this isn’t an example of a young hero, I don’t what is. She risked her life, called the police in order to ensure that her father was alright and let’s not forget that she was only a child. A call, a text, and a drink can wait because those things are never worth putting your life or another innocent life in danger. My prayers and condolences truly go out to the Thomas family.


By Trinity Bishop, Freshman, Southern Illinois University

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