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Fatal Vanderburgh County Incident Involved Siblings; Reckless Homicide Charge Coming

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Tim Jagielo
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Noah Robinson addresses media at the Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon, Feb. 3, over the fatal incident at a subdivision near Petersburg Road and East Boonville-New Harmony Road that occurred Thursday evening.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has released additional details about the Vanderburgh County woman struck by a vehicle who later died from her injuries

Faith Raelynn Georges, 63, was allegedly struck by her brother, Daniel Brian Smith, 60, in their driveway following an argument inside the home they’ve shared for 14 months.

According to investigators, Smith was not supposed to be driving, and the victim may have been removing her license plate from the vehicle — her van — when Smith got in the van and backed into her.

Sheriff Noah Robinson described what happened.

“He left the residence backing up, we believe in a reckless manner, resulting in her being struck by the van. She ended up in the roadway with severe injuries. He drove away for a few seconds, came back immediately and found his sister in the roadway. Then he went to a neighbor's house to call 911 and then we arrived.”

“She succumbed to her injuries,” he said. “She sustained some pretty severe trauma including head trauma that was not survivable.”

Smith will be charged with reckless homicide — a level five felony which has an average six-year sentence if convicted, said Det. Matthew Elrod.

“If it had been intentional, I think you were looking more along the lines of murder itself,” Elrod said. “We came to the conclusion with reckless homicide because in the interview, he did admit to acting without due regard.”

Smith is currently in the hospital for an unrelated medical condition, and will be formally charged when he’s out.