Family, Friends, Teachers Mourn Life of 12-Year-Old Joie Sellers Who Was Killed in a Brooklyn Car Crash

Family and friends mourned Joie Sellers, 12, at her wake Friday in Marine Park, Brooklyn. She died July 2 when a van plowed into her family.
Family and friends mourned Joie Sellers, 12, at her wake Friday in Marine Park, Brooklyn. She died July 2 when a van plowed into her family.

Teachers and classmates from nearby MS 51 joined family at the funeral home in Marine Park on Friday. Joie was walking with her little sister Charli, 9, and their mother, Marcia Landais, on July 2 when Robert DeCarlo, who police say was driving a stolen van, plowed into them. Landais can’t walk but is expected to recover her mobility; Charli was blinded and paralyzed.

Pink and green wreaths shaped like ballet shoes held pride of place at the Friday night wake of Joie Sellers, the 12-year-old killed July 2 by an out-of-control driver.

Teachers and classmates from nearby MS 51 crowded into the funeral home in Marine Park, Brooklyn.

Joie’s devastated grandmother placed the young girl’s well-worn dance shoes under a life-sized picture of her.

Joie was walking with her little sister Charli, 9, and their mother, Marcia Landais, on July 2 when a van jumped the curb and plowed into them.

Landais has endured several surgeries and still can’t walk. She had to be wheeled into her daughter’s memorial service, family said.

She is expected to regain her mobility, but her youngest daughter was not as lucky.

Charli was blinded in the horrific accident.

She is also paralyzed, with the exception of her right arm, the family said.

She underwent brain surgery and several other major operations at New York-Presbyterian Children’s Hospital.

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Source: New York Daily News | 

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