Daughter Of Ky. Singer Hit And Killed By SUV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.
The girl, Maria Sue, was hit in the driveway of the family's home Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The brother, whose name and exact age weren't available, apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are expected.
"It looks like a tragic accident," she said.
Several family members witnessed the accident, which happened in
Williamson County just south of Nashville. The girl died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, hospital spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.
In a statement, Velvet Kelm, a publicist for Chapman, said Maria was the Chapmans' youngest daughter.
Steven Curtis Chapman hails from Paducah, Ky. and attended Georgetown College.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Steve Location: Lexington on May 22, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Chapman family during this tragic time, and particularly to his son who is torn with his sister being dead and the natural guilt he will feel because he was involved. Just trust that everything happens for a reason and if you hold on to your faith, God will never let you go.
  • by IN RECOVERY Location: SOMEWHERE on May 22, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    Your Higher Power will help you to use this as something that will bring glory to her. Take Care.
  • by Jessica Location: Mount Sterling on May 22, 2008 at 11:03 AM
    My heart goes out to the Chapman family. Him and his family loves children so much. They have adopted from China. I have seen him and his children several times, and they are great people and love God! They help people get money to adopt children. Only God knows why and I am sending my prayers and love to them from my family. One thing is for sure, she is one of God's angels right now!
  • by jacki Location: pulaski co. on May 22, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    My prayers are with this family. This is so tragic! It just breaks my heart. Bless them all Lord and give them strength.


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