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Mom, 2 Kids Killed by Car in Fla.

October 20, 1998

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ A motorist, weary after getting off work, struck and killed a young mother and her two daughters as they walked to a preschool program Tuesday, authorities said.

Kari Spitzer, 24, Salene Rahming, 3 1/2, and Shianne Rahming, 2 1/2, were killed instantly after being hit from behind, investigators said. The car then veered off the road and hit a tree, slightly injuring the driver.

Dameca Chambers, a 23-year-old hospital worker, told troopers she was tired after working an overnight shift and didn’t see the family, said Lt. Malcolm Rhodes, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman.

``She said she can’t remember what happened,″ he said.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the three were on the shoulder of the road or crossing the street to get to the Head Start center about 100 yards away. There is no sidewalk along the road.

The children’s father, James Rahming, sobbed as he arrived at the scene and did not comment to reporters.

There apparently were no witnesses. The weather was clear, there was no glare from the sun and speed was not excessive, Rhodes said.

``When you see something like that, it touches you instantly. It hurts,″ said Jack Youmans, who came upon the accident shortly after it happened.

Head Start Director Gwendolyn Brown had to break the news to the girls’ preschool classmates.

``It’s a very, very emotional time,″ she said.

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