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Michigan girl, 6, killed in hit-and-run crash while riding her bike

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MUSKEGON, MI (CNN/AP) -

A Michigan girl is dead and a 19-year-old man unlicensed driver has been charged after a hit-and-run crash this weekend. 

"This has been a devastating day for our whole family," said Amanda Jones, a cousin who identified the girl as Taylor Davis.

The six-year-old girl was riding her bike around the neighborhood when tragedy struck. According to relatives, a man driving an SUV hit the little girl about 11:30 a.m. Sunday along 6th Street, between Oakwood and Maplewood avenues in Muskegon. 

Instead of stopping, the driver allegedly sped off.

“Some of her bike was still under his truck when they caught him. I’m like, you hit her and you ran. So, you had no sympathy then,” Jones said.

Lamonte Wilkinson said he heard the crash as he and his daughter were about to enter his house.

“I saw the bike right under there. I knew he hit somebody,” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson realized what was happening, asked his neighbor to watch his daughter, and jumped back in his car to follow the suspect.

“He was flyin’ and I was right behind him the whole time,” Wilkinson said.

A photo was snapped from the Mona Lake Mobile Home Park off Seaway Drive and Hoty Street where the suspect was arrested.

Muskegon County Jail records show police arrested 19-year-old Dakota Welch in connection with the case.

He was formally charged Monday with operating a vehicle without a license causing death and failure to stop at the scene of a deadly crash. He also faces a habitual offender charge. He's being held on $500,000 bond.

During his initial court appearance, Welch said there's no proof his vehicle struck the girl.

Jones said her family wants a harsh punishment for the driver.

"I believe it was on purpose and we want justice," Jones said. "She wasn't in the street and the other kids who were with her, my other nieces, said that he (the driver) deliberately jumped the curb and hit her.”

Online public records show Welch has nine previous arrests, including one for fleeing and eluding police.

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