Two Indiana sisters were killed as they watched TV, after a 17-year-old girl plowed her car into their house on July 12, according to Fox 59.
The Clinton County sheriff’s office wants to charge the teen with criminal recklessness resulting in death because authorities believe she may have been high on opioids at the time of the crash. If toxicology tests confirm their suspicions, she may also be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death.
According to the sheriff’s office, the tragedy occurred just before 9:30 p.m. when a white vehicle traveling more than 80 mph smashed into the living room of the Fullerton family home in Frankfort, Indiana. Seventeen-year-old Haleigh Fullerton and 9-year-old Callie Fullerton were watching TV in the room and were killed instantly.
The girls’ 37-year-old mother, Bridget, was entering the living room when the crash happened. She was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital with unknown injuries. The girls’ father, Dennis, and an unidentified brother were not injured in the accident.
The sheriff’s office said that there were three teen passengers in the car that killed the Indiana sisters. They suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene of the crash.
Bridget Fullerton’s brother, Tim Slaugtherbuck, posted a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the family in their time of need.
“My sister and her husband recently lost their two daughters in a horrific tragedy when a car struck their home,” he wrote. “These two beautiful ladies were taken too soon and while their time on this earth was short they touched every heart they came in contact with. Most of us cannot even fathom these set of circumstances.”
So far, the page has raised more than $18,000 of the $25,000 goal for the Indiana sisters.
Authorities said that do not know what caused the suspect to lose control of her vehicle and careen 100 feet off the road into the Fullerton’s home.
Clinton County Sheriff’s Maj. Joe Mink told Clinton County Daily News that the incident is hitting everyone in the county very hard.
“It’s just hard to swallow,” he said. “It’s a very traumatic event on the whole department, the firemen and the emergency responders, I can’t give them enough credit.”
Authorities have not yet determined if the suspect who killed the Indiana sisters will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult. She is currently being held at the Delaware County Correctional Facility.
The Fullerton home sustained major damage in the crash, and members of their church have been looking after the property.
[Featured Image by Tim Slaughterbuck/GoFundMe]