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Young Daughter of Singer Steven Curtis Chapman Killed When Struck by a Car
Driven by Her Brother-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: Several different versions of this story
circulating. One simply says that the 5-year old daughter of
contemporary Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman was killed at the
family home in a tragic accident. Others say that little Maria
Chapman died as the result of being accidentally hit by a car driven by
her older brother.
The Truth: Tragically, this story is true.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 5-year-old Maria Sue was hit in
the driveway of the family home near Franklin in Williamson County,
Tennessee on the evening of Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Maria was rushed to
Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but
died there of her injuries, according to the
Steven Curtis Chapman web
The driver of the vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, was one of Maria's
teen-age brothers but neither the family nor authorities had authorized
the release of his name.
The Williamson County Sheriff's department says the death appears to have
been the result of an accident and that they didn't expect any charges to
be filed against the brother.
Maria Sue Chapman was the youngest of six children to Steven Curtis
Chapman and his wife Mary Beth. She was also one of three adopted
Jim House, Chapman's manager, said that the accident happened in the midst
of what was otherwise a season of rejoicing for the family. Just a
few hours earlier the Chapman's oldest daughter, Emily, was engaged.
They were also preparing for a high school graduation party for their son
Caleb. And 10-days earlier they had celebrated Maria Sue's 5th
Chapman and his wife founded The Shaohannah's Hope Ministry to help
financially support families who wish to adopt a child. Shaohannah
is the name of the Chapman's first adopted daughter who was brought into
their home from China, which is where Maria Sue was from as well.
The ministry has provided grants to more than 1,700 families who want to
adopt orphans from around the world.
Chapman is a popular contemporary Christian musician with five GRAMMY
Awards, 54-Dove Awards, and has sold more than 10-million albums.
One of his popular songs is Cinderella, which encourages people to
grab hold of special times with those whom we love. It was
inspired by a bath time for Maria and her sister, Stevery Joy, when they
were not being very cooperative. Steve tried to rush the bath but
was halted by recognition of how important it was to enjoy the minutes
It's part of an album titled This Moment, centered around the theme
of celebrating every moment in our lives.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven
Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle
driven by her brother, authorities said.
The girl, Maria Sue, was hit in the driveway of the
family's home Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her
teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee
The brother, whose name and exact age weren't available,
apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are expected.
"It looks like a tragic accident," she said.
Several family members witnessed the accident, which
happened in Williamson County just south of Nashville. The girl died later
at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, hospital spokeswoman
Laurie Holloway said.
In a statement, Velvet Kelm, a publicist for Chapman,
said Maria was the Chapmans' youngest daughter.
Chapman, who is originally from Paducah, Ky., and his
wife have promoted international adoption and have three daughters from
China, including Maria. They also have three biological children.
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