Clinton County Indiana authorities arrested a 17-year-old girl after her car crashed through a home near Frankfort, Indiana, killing two girls inside watching television and seriously injuring their mother.
According to FOX 59 Indianapolis, 17-year-old Haleigh and 9-year-old Callie Fullerton were in the living room of their home when a car traveling 80 mph left the road and slammed into the house. Both girls were killed on impact.
The girls’ mother, Bridget Fullerton, 37, was walking into the living room when the car crashed into the home about 9:30 p.m. July 12. She was flown to an Indianapolis-area hospital for treatment. A third sibling who was upstairs at the time of the crash was uninjured.
Dennis Fullerton, the girls’ father, was not at home at the time.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office has asked prosecutors to charge 17-year-old Alia Sierra, 17, of Frankfort, with criminal recklessness resulting in death. The sheriff’s office said in a press conference they suspected Ms. Sierra was driving under the influence of opioids and that she could face more serious charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury if tests detect the presence of opioids, WNEP Indianapolis reported.
Detective Mark Feterick of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department described the crash in a press conference. He said the road had a couple camelbacks, or humps on the road, which he believed launched the car into the air.
“It looks like they came over that, lost control, possibly went airborne, went off the road where they went airborne again, bounced, and went into the living room of the house,” detective Feterick said.
Four other juveniles were in the car with Ms. Sierra and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the scene.
A report by the Journal & Courier says the wall on the opposite side of the house from where the car crashed was crumpled, indicating the 2007 Honda Accord nearly went through the living room entirely.
Ms. Sierra was taken to a juvenile detention center in Delaware County. The crash remains under investigation.