(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Supporters are holding a benefit for a Sunman woman accused in a deadly accident.
Christi Shackelford-Grammer was driving a pickup truck on North Dearborn Road in Bright last September when three-year-old Jack Carpenter ran into the road.
Shackelford-Grammer later told police she did not see the boy or realize that she had hit anything. She drove away from the scene, but later realized she may have been responsible for the accident when reading news reports hours later.
The events of that day have been a nightmare for both Jack Carpenter's family and friends and family of Christi.
Her case is currently awaiting jury trial in Dearborn Superior Court I. She was originally charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident, but prosecutors later added a charge of Reckless Homicide.
Organizers of the benefit this Saturday in Aurora say some people may have the wrong perception of the 32-year-old single mother of three.
“We are rallying to show the support for her, because she is a very caring, honest person. Not a malicious woman that hit a boy and left him for dead,” said friend Molly Hirsch, one of the event organizers.
Turnout of more than 1,000 people is being expected at the Aurora Park Pavilion from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
People will be asked to make a donation at the door. Proceeds will help pay Shackelford-Grammer’s legal expenses.
“We will all stand behind her until the day this nightmare is over,” said Hirsch.
A final pretrial hearing will be held May 2. The case is scheduled to go to trial May 23 unless a plea agreement is reached. Shackelford-Grammer faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted.