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Father to be charged in Christmas wreck that killed daughter

Posted January 8, 2010

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— A Pennsylvania man whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in a Christmas wreck on Interstate 95 will be charged in the case, the state Highway Patrol said Friday.

Brandon John Greise, 34, of Hyndman, Pa., will be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

A tractor-trailer was northbound on I-95, near the Pope Road overpass in Harnett County, when Greise tried to pass it, troopers said. He lost control of his SUV and went off the road, striking a guardrail before over-correcting, hitting the tractor-trailer and landing upside down.

Taryn Greise was killed in the wreck. Troopers said she wasn't properly restrained in the SUV.

Brandon Greise, three other adults and two other children in the SUV suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the wreck, and the driver of the tractor-trailer wasn't injured.


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  • MileageWarrior Jan 8, 2010

    what on earth can they do to avenge the death of this man's daughter? he's already going to have to live with the consequences. what's locking him up going to do? was he drunk? how about getting rid of all the drunks off the road before going after every parent that makes a mistake on the road that results in the death of their own child. sheesh.

  • BlowupDollWithChatAmbitions Jan 8, 2010

    I came by this not long after it happened. The interstate was backed up for a while before traffic could resume and the weather conditions were definitely bad enough (rain and winds) to drive under the speed limit. It's sad for all involved.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jan 8, 2010

    I was about to post that I wasn't sure what good charging him would do. He lost his daughter, something he'll never get over. But he didn't have her properly restrained in the car and was driving too fast for conditions on the highway. That is very negligent, so maybe charges are warranted? Sad, sad story...

  • BuglessDuster Jan 8, 2010

    If he was under the influence of something I could understand him being charged, but that's just a waste of taxpayer money and adding insult to injury (death)to charge him with a crime.

  • x Jan 8, 2010

    He receives the judgement from the legal court only once, but he will carry the judgement of the court of morality for ever.

  • carla349 Jan 8, 2010

    Wow, I'm shocked they charged him. Usually if you kill your OWN kid they consider your grief to be enough of a punishment. That's one heck of a legal loophole! I'd love to see every parent charged if they were at fault! Since when was "feeling really bad" a defense for a crime? I'm sorry you're sad, I'm sorry your child is dead, but you should absolutely still be charged!!

  • Desiderata Jan 8, 2010

    This has nothing to do with any thing the parent is feeling reguarding his ability to protect his child..The law states that children are to be secured in vehickles, using carseats/seat belts accordng to age and size..The father is being charged for failure to do this ,as he was the driver and it was his decision to drive with this child unrestrained..In my truck..if you don;t buckle up,....iwe aren;t going anywhere!

  • BigMoneyJ Jan 8, 2010

    This man deserves some kind of charge, first he was driving recklessly, second he was letting this little precious gift ride unsecured. I am sorry for his loss, and for the grief and guilt but just because it is a family member doesn't negate the law.

  • kandisrdh Jan 8, 2010

    As I posted on the other article concerning this information, parents are NOT always to blame for this. I had an instance where my son came out of the seatbelt just as we wrecked. If he had been killed, it would have devastated me, then to be charged, No just not right. Their are true murderers we should be going after.
    Landshark: to your last comments on the similar article: My children are now 16 and 18 and fine young obeying teens. I couldn't ask for better. I DO have control over my kids. I COULD NOT keep my child home that day due to he had a 105 fever and we were going to the doctor. So mind your own business. I am glad to hear your are perfect with your children. God forbid you be proven wrong!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Whatever Geez Jan 8, 2010

    I now parents who have killed their children b/c they were on the cell phone texting and overcorrected...no charges....how do they determine who gets charged and who don't?