Detroit Teen Girl Charged in Fatal Hit and Run Crash Involving Stolen SUV

Facebook Photo – Jhanya Burton

DETROIT, MI – Jhanya Burton, a then 16-year-old juvenile female, of Detroit, is charged as an adult designated juvenile, in connection with the fatal hit and run of a 13-year-old girl. Upon conviction, the adult designation allows the judge to sentence the defendant as a juvenile, or an adult, or to fashion a blended juvenile and adult sentence.

On Saturday August 31st, 2019, at approximately 11:17 p.m., Detroit police officers were dispatched to the area of Bradford Avenue and East McNichols Road in response to a call regarding a car crash.

Upon arrival, the officers observed medics treating several people who were transported to a local hospital for treatment. It is alleged that Jhanya Burton was driving a stolen SUV vehicle with six passengers: a 16-year old girl from Detroit, a 20-year-old woman from Eastpointe, a 15-year-old girl from Detroit, a 20-year-old woman from Detroit, a 14-year-old girl from Detroit and a 13-year-old girl from Detroit. Burton was driving the vehicle at a high rate of speed when she struck a tree. It is alleged that the 13-year-old passenger, DeMaura Perkins, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Jhanya Burton left the scene on foot but later turned herself in to authorities at Detroit’s Seventh Precinct

Jhanya Burton has been charged as an adult designated juvenile with Second Degree Murder, Operating – License Suspended, Revoked, or Denied, Causing Death, and five counts of Operating – License Suspended, Revoked, or Denied, Causing Serious Injury.

She has been arraigned and will have her Preliminary Examination on October 24, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., before Judge Edward Joseph at the Lincoln Hall of Justice on 1025 East Forrest Ave. in Detroit. She is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.

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