Amish buggy crash

A damaged truck sits on the side of the road after an accident involving a horse-drawn carriage on Friday, June 7, 2019 in California Township, Mich. (Don Reid/The Daily Reporter via AP)

3 Kids Killed By Alleged Drunken Driver In Amish Buggy Crash Identified

June 11, 2019 - 1:48 pm

ALGANSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A funeral home has identified three children who died in southern Michigan after the Amish horse-drawn carriage they were riding in was rear-ended by an alleged drunken driver.

Beams Funeral Home of Fremont, Indiana, identifies them as 6-year-old Lillian Graber, 4-year-old Moses Graber and 2-year-old Jacob Graber. Lillian and Jacob died at the scene of the crash Friday, and Moses died later at a hospital.

Police said the three were among five kids and their parents who were ejected in the crash. The mother and another child were hospitlied with serious injuries.

The pickup driver, 21-year-old Tyler Frye of Angola, Indiana, faces three counts of driving while intoxicated causing death and two counts of driving while intoxicated causing serious injury. Frye was arraigned Saturday and was being held at the Branch County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Jail records show an attorney visited him, but a law firm representative declined ro comment.

The crash happened in Branch County's Algansee Township, a small farming community not far from Michigan's borders with Indiana and Ohio, in an area that has numerous Amish communities.

Fatal buggy crashes, while uncommon, are not unheard of in Michigan.  In October of 2017,  three children were killed and six other people were critically injured when a pickup truck struck an horse-and-buggy carrying nine people in Montcalm County. In February of 2016, authorities said a van driverwas under the influence of marijuana when he crashed into a carriage in mid-Michigan, killing a 31-year-old woman and injuring three children.