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Posted: July 13, 2017

Deputies: Sisters killed when teen driver, high on opiates, slams into house


By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


An Indiana teenager is facing charges after authorities said she slammed a car into a home in rural Fullerton while high on opiates and speeding, killing two sisters who were watching TV inside, according to multiple reports.

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The driver, who was not identified because of her age, lost control of the car she was driving around 9 p.m. Wednesday and flew over a ditch before crashing into the living room of a home in the 4900 block of West County Road 300 North, WTHR reported.

The car hit the home with enough force to knock it off its foundation, the news station reported.

Clinton County deputies found the car in the living room when they arrived, according to WXIN.

The news station reported that two sisters, 17-year-old Haleigh Fullerton and 9-year-old Callie Fullerton, were watching television in the living room when the crash happened. They were killed on impact, according to WXIN.

Family members described the sisters as “beautiful ladies” who “touched every heart they came in contact with” on a GoFundMe page set up to support the family.

“This is very traumatic for the county and for everyone involved,” Clinton County sheriff’s Maj. Joe Mink told the Clinton County Daily News. “It’s just hard to swallow. It’s a very traumatic event on the whole department, the firemen and the emergency responders. I can’t give them enough credit.”

The slain girls’ mother, Bridget, was also injured in the crash, although she was expected to survive. Their brother was in an upstairs at the time of the crash and uninjured, according to WXIN, and their father was not home.

Five people were in the car when it crashed into the Fullerton’s home. The Daily News reported all five occupants were between the ages of 12 and 17. They were treated for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening and released, the news site reported.

Detective Mark Feterick told the Daily News that the teen driver told authorities she was traveling at 80 mph before the accident, causing the car to go airborne. She also told deputies that she had taken opiates before the accident, the news site reported.

WXIN reported the teen also tested positive for opiates after the crash.

Deputies arrested the teen on two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death, and one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury, according to the news station.

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