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Reckless homicide charges filed 10 months after three killed in U.S. 31 crash

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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY - Charges have been filed against the teen involved in a fatal accident that killed three people last August.

FOX28 has been following the Hillers' story since the beginning, 10 months ago. You might recall that accident on U.S. 31 on August 18th, 2013. Bob and Judy Hillers and Judy's cousin, Janice cash were killed. An unlicensed teen drive, said to be speeding, crossed the center line and hit the Hillers' car head on.

For months, the Hillers' daughters have agonized over why charges were never filed. Today the St. Joseph County prosecutors office did file charges, three counts of Reckless Homicide in Juvenile Court. They also filed a motion to move the teen's case to adult court. The driver who was 17 at the time is now 18.

It wasn't the teen's first driving offense or his last. Over the last several months, the Hiller's five daughters have talked to FOX28 several times about their frustration that no charges have been filed. They said while they are only charges, a weight have finally been lifted.

"In my heart of hearts, I thought this would never happen," Beth Hillers, daughter of Bob and Judy Hillers, said. "I thought this day, it was not gonna come so yea, I still kind of don't believe it."

"Overwhelming, I am happy, very happy (but) it does seem surreal," Johnna Segner, daughter of Bob and Judy Hillers, said. 

It's news the Hillers' daughter's have been waiting for and still it hasn't sunk in, reckless homicide charges filed against the driver who crossed the center line and hit their parents head on. It's a case that dragged on so long, they all suffered a health problems from the stress, but united, they wouldn't let the case fade from the public. A lesson they say they learned from their late father.

"I feel like my dad taught us from a very young age that persistence pays off and that if you wnat something you go after it and that the louder you are the more you are going to be heard," Beth said.

"You know, none of us are cold or heartless or wanting this for another human being," Johnna said. that's not what we'd want for someone else, but when you take three lives and you act as if it doesn't matter, there's gonna be justice."

They know the teen is innocent until proven guility. They aren't looking foward to the court days ahead, but tehy say they are hopeful for the first time in a long time and believe they will eventually find some kind of closure.

"I can't wait actually," Beth said. "Its going to be my favorite moment in the last 10 months. I cannot wait to tell them finally somebody cares about what happened and that finally somebody will be held accountable for their loss. Because all they have missed out on over the last 10 months, somebody deserves to answer for that. Everytime I go, I say, 'Dad, I'm still trying. So yea I can't wait to go tell them."

The teen's initial hearing is scheduled for July 11th.
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