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Two police-chase crashes renews support for legislation

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Two crashes during the past two weekends have renewed calls for legislation to let communities set their own rules on state police pursuits.

On Saturday near Birch Run a man died when his car went into a ditch after troopers executed what's called a pit maneuver.

And a week ago Sunday in Flint, six people were injured when a car was broadsided by a vehicle attempting to out-run troopers.

Mary Saunders fights back tears as she remembers the night her 6-year-old daughter Malaysia almost died.

"I just remember the light being green and going down Carpenter Road," Saunders said. "The next thing, we were like, we flipped over and I had to punch out the window to get out and get my baby out."

She said Malaysia is still in critical condition, fighting for her life.

In all six people were hospitalized on March 6. But Saunders said she believes this accident could have been avoided.

"It was someone running from the police being chased," Saunders said.

That's the reason state Rep. Sheldon Neeley said he introduced a bill last year to put a stop to potentially deadly police chases.

"The city of Flint and the greater Flint area we're experiencing way too much innocent life lost as a byproduct of high speed pursuits," Neeley said.

Neeley said the bill which has been on ice for a year now could have offset this tragedy.

"This is all because a person ran a stop sign and MSP officer decided to pursue them in a high speed chase versus using technology," Neeley said.

Saunders's daughter still has to have several surgeries.

But she's holding on to hope.

"It's painful, it's hard and I just want my baby to get better. I wish these chases would stop," Saunders said.

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