CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. – A teen accused of crashing a car into a Clinton County home and killing two sisters was under the influence and driving 107 miles per hour, according to court documents.
Alia Sierra, 17, was waived to adult court. She faces the following charges:
- 2 counts reckless homicide (level 5 felony )
- 2 counts causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance (level 5 felony
- 2 counts causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (level 5 felony)
- 1 count causing serious bodily injury when operating a vehicle while intoxicated (level 5 felony )
- 1 count causing serious bodily injury when operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II substance in the body (level 5 felony)
- 1 count criminal recklessness (level 6 felony)
- 1 count criminal mischief (level 6 felony)
Police say Sierra crashed into a home just before 9:30 p.m. on July 12 in the 4900 block of West County Road 300 North.
Two sisters, 17-year-old Haleigh Fullerton and 8-year-old Callie Fullerton, were watching TV in the living room when they were hit by the car. They were killed on impact.
"You do everything that you can to keep your child safe. Your child is at home, they are in the living room, you know where they are and what they are doing and then within a matter of seconds, they are done. There is nothing that can bring that back for the family," said Clinton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Christine Smith.
The girls’ mother, Bridget Fullerton, was walking into the room as the car came crashing through the home; she was flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis-area hospital for treatment. She is expected to make a full recovery.
According to court documents, Sierra was driving a white 2007 Honda Accord at the time of the crash. One of the passengers in the car with Sierra told her to slow down prior to the crash. Another passenger told police he repeatedly asked to be let out of the vehicle. He said Sierra told them her car was “the beast” and talked about how fast it could go.
Sierra went off the roadway when she hit a bump and swerved to miss a tree. Investigators determined she was traveling at least 107 miles per hour when her car left the roadway.
Police conducted a urine screen after the crash, and she tested positive for opiates.
Sierra's lawyer Steven Knecht tells us he is surprised that the teen is being charged as an adult and is pushing to get the case back to juvenile court.
The Clinton County Prosecutors office tells us the evidence, in this case, will prevent that move.
"The matter has been waived into adult court however we anticipate an appeal being filed regarding that waiver order," said Steven Knecht.
"It is tragic on both sides. It is tough for the defendant and her family and the Fullerton's...I don't think that viewers can imagine what they are going through right now," said Chief Deputy Prosecutor Smith.