EPD Statement on Lawsuit


The Plaintiffs and the City have settled the lawsuit. The City denies that it was negligent or that it contributed in any way to the injuries suffered by Janae Carter or the deaths of Terence Barker, Princess Carter, and Prince Carter.

During discovery in this lawsuit, evidence confirmed that Janae Carter and Terence Barker were both wearing their seatbelts and that their children, Princess and Prince Carter, were both child seats and seatbelts restrained when their vehicle was struck by Frederick McFarland. In 2020, Mr. McFarland pled guilty to causing Ms. Carter’s injuries and the deaths of Mr. Barker, Princess, and Prince.

Mr. McFarland is currently serving time in an Indiana prison as a result of his conviction; he settled with Plaintiff and was dismissed from this lawsuit in 2018.