Daughter of Christian music star killed

May 21, 2008 7:55:18 PM PDT
Tennessee authorities say the 5-year-old daughter of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman has been struck and killed by a sport-utility vehicle driven by her brother. Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Laura McPherson says the girl, Maria, was hit in a driveway at the family residence Wednesday afternoon south of Nashville. McPherson says the Toyota Land Cruiser was driven by the girl's teenage brother.

McPherson says several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident. Chapman is originally from Paducah, Ky.

McPherson says the brother apparently did not see the little girl. McPherson did not have the name or exact age of the brother.

Vanderbilt Medical Center spokeswoman Laurie Holloway says the girl died later at the hospital.

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