Woman tried to scare kids with van before fatally hitting niece

BROWNSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County woman has been charged in the death of her 2-year-old niece.

Grace N. Martin, 23, of Terre Hill, said she was trying to scare the girl when she drove toward her Sept. 20 in the 300 block of South Farmersville Road, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday by West Earl Township police.

Martin told investigators she slowly approached her niece and two other children and was going to blow the horn to scare them, but the Dodge Caravan she was driving “would not stop,” the complaint states.

The other children, ages 3 and 4, jumped out of the way, but Andrea Zimmerman was struck and pinned against a barn. She was transported to Lancaster General Hospital and died an hour later.

Police said they inspected the minivan but did not find “any mechanical issues that obviously contributed to the collision.”

District Attorney Craig Stedman said Martin was visiting the children and their parents at their home, which has a long driveway leading to the house and barn.

Martin turned herself in Friday to be arraigned on one misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter and three misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. She waived a preliminary hearing and was released on $10,000 unsecured bail, according to court records.

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