4-Year-Old Amish Girl Killed Crossing Highway

Tragic story from the Adams County, Indiana community:

Master Trooper Kurt Jack’s preliminary investigation reports that the girl, identified as four-year-old Barbara JC Graber of Berne, and two other Amish children were running across U.S. 27 and crossed into the path of a southbound Buick passenger car. The Buick, driven by Wayne Foust, 82, of Berne, hit and critically injured Barbara. The other two children were not injured.

Further investigation reports that the children had been attending an Amish wedding ceremony at a home on the northeast corner of the intersection. At the time of the crash, they were walking to a home on the southwest corner of the intersection where the wedding reception was being held.

U.S. 27 is the main road which goes north-south through the center of this large Amish settlement. This part of U.S. 27 is just two lanes wide, though a bit further north it becomes a four-lane divided highway.

There are no indications of substances involved, and it does not sound like the driver is at fault though investigation is ongoing. Having recently had experience with the silent nature of electric cars, I thought for a minute that might have been involved here, but it doesn’t seem to be the case here with the Buick. There are few other details indicating what might have happened here.

Amish and non-Amish neighbors coexist in many communities, with Amish often walking along roadways, generally with such accidents being rare. I feel badly for this family, and for the driver as well.

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    1. Dean Luurtsema


      How deeply grievous this is. My deepest Christian sympathies for this family.

    2. Phyllis


      I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

    3. Girl killed crossing highway

      My deepest sympathy. We know that like a candle their lovely light will shine to brighten up another place more perfect more devine. And in the realm of heaven where they shine so warm and bright, our loved ones live forevermore in God’s eternal light. God bless and heal this precious family for their loss.

    4. Lets NOT forget about the man who hit her. AM sure he feels terrible too. Prayers for him also, and the girls family. 4 year should not be walking with 2 other children along a road like this. Supervision