TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Three family members were killed in October when a farming combine failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the family’s van. Now, we’re learning the man driving the combine will face no criminal charges for failing to stop.
You can read deeper details about the crash, which happened at State Road 25 and County Road 800 South in Tippecanoe County, in our original story.
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington tells WLFI that 36-year-old Carl MacFarland of West Point, Ind., the driver of the combine, will not be charged for the accident, which killed 62-year-old Daniel Fox, 40-year-old Stacy Fox and 15-year-old Demara Fox of Attica, Ind.
The other three passengers in the car (17-year-old Demetria Fox, 13-year-old Dakota Fox and 18-year-old Margaret Carpenter of Attica) were transported to Riley Children's Hospital and IU Health Arnett Hospital and released.
According to Harrington, investigators are deeming the Foxes' deaths “a horrific accident.” He said mere negligence on MacFarland’s part does not merit criminal charges.