Child Dies After Car Crashes Into Funeral Visitation
(West Memphis, AR) A family already grieving is dealing with another loss. A three-year-old Alabama girl was killed Thursday night after an SUV plowed in a West Memphis funeral home.
The little girl and her family had just left a visitation when they were hit by the vehicle.
Police say the driver lost control after she had a seizure.
Bill Booker with Roller Citizens Funeral Home says even though he’s in the grief business nothing could have prepared him for what happened, “They are all in shock, the minister is in shock, all of us.”
Three-year-old Isabella Rushing, her 5-year-old sister Georgia, their mother, 29-year-old Amanda Rushing and their grandmother, 54-year-old Brenda Rushing were all hit by the vehicle.
Isabella was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital but later died.
Brenda Rushing is still in The MED in critical condition.
Police say 41-year-old Shannon Morgan had a seizure as she left work at nearby restaurant.
She drove through and alley, knocked down some wooden post in a parking lot and then on to the lawn of the funeral home.
Right after the accident a restaurant customer told us Morgan has had seizures all her life.
“She had one at the restaurant two or three weeks ago,” said Tom House.
Police won’t comment on Morgan’s medical history or whether she should have been behind the wheel.
According to Arkansas Law, a driver must be seizure free for a year before they can drive, however, the state does not require doctors to report patients who have seizures.
Friday, a woman who answered the door at Morgan’s house said Morgan did not want to talk about what happened.
“I love her very much and I’m here for her,” said the friend.
Police say the investigation is ongoing, but they have no reason to believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
The funeral home says the family was there to mourn a relative who had died.
The woman’s funeral went on as scheduled Friday.