3 people killed, 4 seriously injured in Bradenton church accident

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Video: Vigil held for Bradenton church goers ran over by car

 

Bradenton, Florida -- Just hours after troopers say a car driven by a 79-year-old woman ran over a group of church goers, killing three of them, hundreds of people in the Sugar Creek community in Bradenton showed up at a vigil to remember those lives that were lost.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Sugar Creek Country Club, which is located off 26th Avenue East, and 27th Street East.

People came by foot, bicycle, and golf cart country club Sunday night, where just six hours before a horrible accident claimed three lives.

"She was my oldest sister. She kept me in line and was the greatest lady," says Herman Kaldeway, whose sister, Margaret Vanderlaan, was one of the ones that passed away.

"We're going to miss her," says Kaldeway.

Paul Wilhemina and Johanna Dijkhoff were also killed after troopers say Doreen Landstra accidentally ran over them. Four others are also in the hospital with serious injuries.

"I'm not able to cry about it yet," says John Rosema, a good friend of Margaret's.

This group says they are still trying to come to terms with the fact one of their closest friends is no longer here.

"It keeps going through my mind and I can see exactly what happened," says Rosema.

Church service had just finished at the country club when the accident took place in the parking lot.

"Herman and Margaret were singing in the choir," says Margaret's sister-n-law.

Now, Margaret is singing from above, as Herman finds comfort from this community that he now considers family.

The crash is still under investigation and charges are pending.

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