Vigil Held for Mom, Kids Killed in Crash

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MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Family and friends of a pregnant Maple Heights woman and her two young children, who were killed in a horrific car crash, gathered Monday night in front of their home for a vigil.

Maria Thorpe, 30, her unborn baby, 8-year-old Zariah Roberts and 5-year-old Zyannah Roberts died in the crash.

"It's really, really, really, really, really unbelievable," said Maria’s cousin, Nicole Thorpe.

Maria Thorpe's two other children were in the car and survived the crash.

Zulaikah, 12, was treated and released from the hospital. However, 10-year-old Zumyah remains in critical condition.

"Those are my two little girls that that man killed," said Kevin Roberts, the father of the two little girls who were killed.

"I can't imagine what my daughter went through that moment, that second. I don't know and to be honest, I don't know if I'm strong enough to even know," Roberts said.

Police said Eric Calhoun, 48, was driving the truck that ran the red light and slammed into Maria Thorpe's car at the intersection of Northfield Road and Berwyn Street in Bedford Friday night.

Police said Calhoun may have been drinking alcohol.

"He took a whole family from other family, cousins, nieces, nephews," Roberts said.

According to court records, Calhoun has prior convictions for drug trafficking and has spent time in prison.

Now he is facing four counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

The added charge is for Maria Thorpe’s unborn baby.

"I hope he has time to really think about that he's taken four precious lives away from us," said Nicole Thorpe.

Calhoun is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail.

His bond was set at $1 million.

He could face additional charges.

A fund has been set up to help the Thorpe family with funeral and medical expenses.

People can donate at any Huntington Bank to the ‘Thorpe-Roberts Fund.’

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