Teen Driver Kills Toddler
Posted September 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
CHAPEL HILL — A 3-year-old girl died Saturday night after she was hit by a neighbor's car.
Cyntrelle Foushee, daughter of Cynthia and Ira Foushee, was standing in the parking lot in front of her home when the accident occurred.
Officials said the vehicle was driven by a teen-ager, whose mother was in the car. The age of the driver is unclear; some sources put her age at 16, others at 14.
The accident occurred at 8:40 p.m. Initial reports indicated the driver may have mistaken the accelerator for brake pedal.
That's the way Ira Foushee described the accident occurring, as he pointed out the path the car took across the grass and into a patio area of the apartments.
Both families live in an apartment complex at 300 Estes Drive.
Cyntrelle would have been 4 years old this coming Wednesday. Her mother described her as giving great joy, with a smile for everyone and loved by many people.
The tragedy came one day before the couple planned to be married. Cyntrelle was to have been their flower girl at the ceremony. The Foushees decided to go ahead with the wedding at a local church and with a reception for 30 people afterwards, saying that was what Cyntrelle had been looking forward to so much. Lighting a candle in their daughter's memory, the couple chose "I'm Still Holding On," as part of their wedding music.