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Daughter can't make sense of crash that killed elderly father

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(02/28/14) - His daughter is preparing for his funeral, but can't make sense of the way he died.

"He did have 75 good years," says Lisa Morris, James Thompson's daughter. "But he could have had more."

Thompson was struck by a driver who State Police say refused to stop for them, in Flint, the afternoon of Feb. 13.

Thompson, who lived in Mt. Morris Township, died Saturday.

"He was just driving down the street," Morris says.

He was doing what he often did.

"He was a helper. He picked up his goddaughter and was taking her and her kids around to run some errands."

Morris says her father dropped them off and was heading home when hit, near Newall and MLK, by the man driving an SUV.

State Police said troopers had tried to stop him for a tinted window violation, but he refused and fled.

State Police said in-car video shows the time from activation of emergency equipment to when the driver ran a stop sign and crashed into Thompson was 28 seconds.

Both men were injured.

Morris says her father didn't really stand a chance.

"It was pretty bad from the start. He was rushed into surgery. He was put into an induced coma," she said.

Morris says her parents have been married 45 years, that her father loved to bowl and golf, worked for the city of Flint at Flint's Bishop Airport and served in the Navy.

Morris says her grandmother outlived him. She'll be 103 next month.

She says she has mixed feelings about what happened in the moments before the crash, but wants to see the man who hit her father charged.

"He took a life," she says. "My dad just was a really good person and he just didn't need to die like this. It's just senseless all the way around."

State Police have said the 28-year-old driver, who crashed into Thompson, was driving while his license was suspended, and was released on bond on that charge as they continue to investigate. 

Read Thompson's obituary and see funeral arrangements HERE.

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