Police say she pulled into semi's path

| 10/16/2002

A car pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer in northeastern Indiana, killing the woman driving the car and her four children. ``She just pulled right in front of it,'' a deputy told the Associated Press. ``She tried to shoot across both lanes.''

The car reportedly exited a driveway around 6 p.m. Monday and was hit by the semitrailer on U.S. 30 near Larwill, about 25 miles west of Fort Wayne. Deputy Marcus Gatton said the car's driver, 36-year-old Penny Eppelmann, was thrown from her car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Also dead at the scene were sons Christopher, 16; David, 14; and Shane, 12; and a daughter, Jamie, 9.

Witnesses reportedly told the accident investigators the tractor-trailer, driven by Rex. L. Brower, 22, had slowed for a red light and was traveling about 25 mph. The witnesses said Eppelmann's car pulled into the path of the tractor-trailer and it struck the car on the driver's side.

Brower suffered minor injuries.