Update: This is a blog where you can watch a video of Steven with Maria. On the main web site, the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, any gifts be redirected to Shaohannah’s Hope, their organization that cares for orphans and helps families to adopt.
From the Tennessean:
Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.
Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver’s name.
The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home at about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said.
“It appears to be a terrible accident,’’ McPherson said.
No charges are expected, she said. The accident was witnessed by two other children; the entire family was home at the time, McPherson said.
I can’t even imagine. Steven Curtis Chapman’s music helped to bring Kevin and I together. His song “Go There With You” was played at our wedding, and we have followed his career eagerly ever since. This is beyond words. Please pray for this family.