ROMULUS, MI – Wilburt Dion Thomas, 47-years-old, of Detroit, has been charged in connection with a fatal car crash that killed his seven-year-old daughter, DeSandra Thomas. He asked for but was denied a personal bond. He received a $1,000,000 bond.
On July 15th, 2018, on I-94 west of Inkster, at 1:47a.m., it is alleged that Thomas was driving a stolen van under the influence of alcohol and marijuana with his seven-year-old daughter in the car. It is further alleged that he crashed the van into a disabled car parked on the shoulder of the road and struck a fence. Wilburt allowed his daughter, DeSandra Thomas, to walk away from the accident scene unsupervised.
While the child was walking in search of help, DeSandra was fatally struck by another vehicle driven by a woman. The woman immediately contacted police. The child died due to injuries sustained during the car crash. Wilburt Thomas was taken to a local hospital and later released.
Wilburt Thomas was charged while he was not in custody with: Second Degree Murder 750.317 Life; Involuntary Manslaughter (15 years); Child Abuse – Second Degree (10 years); Operating Under the Influence Occupant ( one year); Controlled – Possession of Marijuana 333.74032D (one year); and Alcohol – Open Container (90 days).**
Prosecutor Worthy said,” The confluence of events in this case caused the untimely death of the defendant’s young daughter. The alleged actions of the father included driving a stolen car while highly intoxicated, having open intoxicants and marijuana in the car, crashing into a disabled car, and allowing his daughter to leave the car and walk alone across the highway to her death. This is a tragic and devastating case .
On the evening of Friday, August 10, 2018 Thomas was arrested and placed in custody by the Romulus Police Department.
*The warrant request for the female driver is currently being reviewed, no decision has been made at this time.
Wilburt Thomas is also facing charges in Livonia for the stolen vehicle. He has been charged with Unlawfully Driving Away aMotor Vehicle (five years), and Larceny in a Building ( four years) in connection with stealing a van from a transportation company located in the 34935 block of Schoolcraft in Livonia.
On July 13th, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., it is alleged that Thomas was an employee of the company as a driver when he stole a car key and took a van without permission from the company lot. During the investigation of the fatal car crash that killed Thomas’s seven-year-old daughter it was discovered that Thomas was driving that stolen van.
He was arraigned in 34th District Court in Romulus today, Saturday August 11th and received a one million dollar/10% bond. His Probable Cause Conference is on August 22nd, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. and his Preliminary Examination is on August 29, 2018.