Family of teen killed in crash donates teddy bears to APSO
PRAIRIEVILLE - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office received a cuddly care package of comfort for future children in need Wednesday as a Prairieville family, recovering from the loss of their teenaged daughter who was killed in a car accident last month, donated hundreds of teddy bears to law enforcement.
15-year-old Claire Carline and her two sisters were riding to school together in early December when a Reserve man, suspected of being intoxicated, slammed head-on into the girls' vehicle. Claire was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and her sisters suffered multiple injuries.
Following the tragic wreck, the Carline family asked friends to donate teddy bears instead of flowers in honor of Claire, who loved the stuffed animals and even bore the nickname "Claire Bear". In the time leading up to today's donation, the Carlines were overjoyed to collect more than 1,700 teddy bears. They donated to the bears to deputies so they could spread Claire's love by offering children in need of comfort in sad or scary times an object of hope.
"It is our profession to investigate acts of violence, but it is also our job to make sure we bring comfort to children in those difficult times," said Sheriff Wiley. "By handing out these teddy bears to those in need, it will add comfort to those who may have been abused, or scared of the unknowing. Sometimes for children, not only hugging a teddy bear brings comfort in those complex times but conveys love and warmth," he added.