PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The family of a 15-year-old girl killed in a car accident is turning the tragedy into a positive for the community.
Instead of flowers, the family of Claire Carline is asking for teddy bears to be donated to children in the community. Her family is asking for teddy bears, because Carline was often called "Claire Bear" by her friends and family.
Carline, a Dutchtown High School freshman, was killed in an automobile crash on December 9. Dwight Perrilloux, 19, was behind the wheel when his car slammed into the car she was in. He was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Prison and has since bonded out.
If you would like to donate a teddy bear to the cause, there are drop off locations at Prairieville Primary School, Prairieville Middle School, Dutchtown High School, or at 16483 Summerlin Drive.
The family asks that if you donate a bear, please include your name and address so the family can contact everyone who participated in the drive. Teddy bears are due by December 17.