School begins coping with fatal Tippecanoe County crash


Three people are continuing their recovery following a fatal accident in Tippecanoe County.

Two members of the Fox family, Demetria and Dakota, are beginning to heal at Riley Hospital.  The school where members of the family attended classes is also just beginning the healing process.

The house at 300 West New Street in Attica is quiet, with the exception of two dogs waiting for their family to come home. Their family will never be the same, though. 

According to investigators, the driver of a combine ran a stop sign along State Road 25 in Tippecanoe County.  That combine ran into a mini-van.  Six people were inside, including five members of the Fox family.

Killed in the crash were Daniel Fox, his wife Stacy, and their 15-year-old daughter Demara. Demetria, 17, and 13-year-old Dakota are still in the hospital.  Family friend Margaret Carpenter is also still recovering. 

Students at Attica High School said it was a somber day Thursday.

"They had a big prayer when we first got there," said sophomore Logan Talbott.  "All the students and staff and everybody, we all said prayers for 15 minutes or so."

Counselors were brought in and ready to talk to distraught students.

"There were a lot of people crying," said sophomore Kelcie Jernagan.  "I hate seeing people cry, and I was about to cry."

Sophomore Kelcie Jernagan said Demara kept to herself most of the time.

"She was mainly quiet, and shy," said Jernagan.  "She really did not really talk much, but she was pretty smart."

Jernagan said the loss of one of their own is not a wound that will heal anytime soon.

"It is upsetting, no one deserves to go through something like that," said Jernagan. 

The chaplain of a Lafayette hospital is actually setting up funeral arrangements at Maus Funeral Home in Attica.

As for the family of Carl McFarland, the combine driver who is accused of failing to stop, no one answered at his home Thursday.




Look for this special section in your
Baltimore Sun newspaper on Dec. 29, 2013.
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