Singer's Son Runs Over Daughter

Christian Grammy-winner's youngest killed in car accident in family driveway

By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User

Posted May 22, 2008 10:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – The youngest daughter of Grammy-winning Christian musician Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed yesterday when one of her older brothers ran over the tyke in the family driveway, the AP reports. Several family members witnessed the accident that claimed the life of 5-year-old Maria Sue, who died later at a nearby Nashville hospital.

“It looks like a tragic accident,” said a Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman, who added that no charges are expected. The 45-year-old music star, who has three biological children and three adopted Chinese girls, wrote a book about father-daughter relationships called "Cinderella: The Love of Daddy and his Princess."

This undated family photo released by the Chapman family show (from left to right): Will Franklin, Maria Sue, Steven Curtis, Shaoey, MaryBeth, Stevey Joy, Caleb, and Emily Chapman.
This undated family photo released by the Chapman family show (from left to right): Will Franklin, Maria Sue, Steven Curtis, Shaoey, MaryBeth, Stevey Joy, Caleb, and Emily Chapman.   (AP Photo)
Steven Curtis Chapman, second from right, performs at the Dove Awards show in Nashville, Tenn., April 23, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn.
Steven Curtis Chapman, second from right, performs at the Dove Awards show in Nashville, Tenn., April 23, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Steven Curtis Chapman, here performing in 2007, lost his 5-year-old daughter when his older son accidentally hit her with a car in the family's Tennessee driveway.
Steven Curtis Chapman, here performing in 2007, lost his 5-year-old daughter when his older son accidentally hit her with a car in the family's Tennessee driveway.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell, left, and Steven Curtis Chapman perform at the Dove Awards last year in Nashville.
Former Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell, left, and Steven Curtis Chapman perform at the Dove Awards last year in Nashville.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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