You may remember the tragic story of 15-year-old Amish girl, Rachel Yoder,who was traveling by buggy last December in Holmes County, Ohio. In what has to be one of the most statistically improbable accidents ever, a man cleaning his muzzleloader rifle over a mile away accidentally discharged a bullet into the air which traveled towards Rachel Yoder and just happened to hit her in the head, causing her death. Charges of reckless homicide have now been filed against Marion Yoder (no relation to Rachel, and I'm not 100 percent sure whether he is Amish, trying to track that down). Click here to read more.
How sad - two families irrevocably damaged by a freak accident.
Hi Kevin, You stated that it was "accidently" fired,but the other article said "he fired it." Either way,crazy happenstance as you say..I do believe I read a similar story in an old Reader's Digest.Another girl, years ago was a passenger in a car traveling along the highway when she slumped over,dead.It was a stray bullet again,from a man firing for some reason (not intended to be violence)Took the police a long time to figure it out.
I am so sorry for the death of this young girl going home after a gathering.
It is really ashame that the charges against this man are so fierce. He was a mile away and was cleaning his gun. He accidently caused it to fire and the bullet flew in this girl's direction and killed her. It should not even be homicide. It should not even be classified as wreckless. It was a terrible accident. At the very most it should be classified as simple manslaughter. Accident sometimes happen. This is a freak accident.