LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was just another normal morning as 5-year-old Karen Stoute was getting on the bus to go to school. But the morning would soon turn tragic. Just after the bus driver picked up a group of children an 18-wheeler, traveling along Highway 190 in Port Barre crashed into the back of the bus, critically injuring three students. Karen would never leave the hospital. On December, 11 2010 Karen's family laid her to rest.
As in many cases such an unexpected and tragic accident came with unexpected expenses. Karen's family in the lake area is having trouble paying for the funeral and hospital costs. The family is calling on the community for help.
"It's hard enough around the holidays, but then when you have all of the extra coming in, along with that, it's really hard," said Leah Landry, Karen's Grandmother.
If you would like to help out Karen's family you can stop by and Cameron State Bank branch and make a donation to the Karen Stoute fund.