Family continues to seek justice after 2 children, father die from 2017 crash

Updated: Nov. 17, 2020 at 7:36 AM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Nearly three years have gone by since a father and two young children were killed from a crash while Evansville police were chasing Fredrick McFarland.

On Tuesday, the children’s mother, Janae Carter, who survived that crash, alongside her attorney and family, gave an update on the civil case against the city in a news conference.

Prince and Princess Carter, along with their father, were killed from a 2017 wreck at the intersection of Monroe Avenue and Linwood Avenue.

Earlier this year, Frederick McFarland was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

[McFarland sentenced in deadly police chase crash]

He was evading police that night when he hit the car the children and their parents were in.

Janae was pregnant when the crash happened. She ended up having a girl that she named Myrical, who now has a little brother named Legend. The family came together to decorate the tree, including Janae’s mother.

“The two I have can never replace the two that I’ve lost," shared Sara Johnson, Janae’s mother. "But, they’re a blessing from God. I love them. We FaceTime every day before we go to bed. Same thing we did with the other two. It’s rough, though, it’s just terrible.”

Carter is represented in the civil suit against the city by Scott Weathers. He says the city wants Janae to testify. But Weathers says an evaluation found she has PTSD, and reviewing evidence may be incredibly emotional.

That’s part of what they’re trying to work through now. The family continues to want justice.

“We think the city was neglect in pursing mister McFarland for longer than they should’ve," added Weathers. "To the point that almost like a diminishing return.”

Carter’s attorney tells us COVID has caused a little bit of delay but is hopeful it will be tried within a year.

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