The driver of the car that collided with the tour bus of Christian rock band MercyMe this past weekend has died.
The accident happened on Saturday, when the driver, Kara Klinker, 18, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, turned into the path of the tour bus as it proceeded through an intersection on a green light. Klinker was in the third trimester of a pregnancy; her unborn baby was killed in the accident. Two passengers in the car, 17-year-old Barbara R. Schmucker and 19-year-old Dario L. Boutte, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The band has kept fans updated on the status of Klinker, asking repeatedly for prayers for her as well as the families of the victims. In a statement today, the band said:

August 12, 2009

Along with many of you, we have learned of the passing of the driver of the car from the accident on Saturday. Our hearts continue to break for these families and all those who knew them. We continue to pray and ask your prayers for everyone affected by this accident, that God would bring healing, comfort, peace and understanding at a time when they are desperately needed.

Bart, Mike, Jim, Nathan, Barry & Robby

Please keep the families in your prayers, as well as the band as they find ways to minister during this tragedy. Even though they are continuing their tour schedule, I know they don’t take this lightly.
For more information, read the post MercyMe Involved in Fatal Crash.
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