FedEx Driver Says Strangled 7 Y.O. Girl After Accidentally Hitting Her With Van

The driver was arrested Friday. He told authorities that him killing the child was the result of him panicking after hitting her while backing up the delivery truck.

  • After the girl was reported missing, investigators tracked down video from the truck showing Horner speaking to a girl who looked like Athena on Nov. 30, sand an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant.
  • Horner told investigators he accidentally hit Athena with his delivery van while backing out of the driveway at the girl’s home.
  • Although Horner said Athena was not seriously injured, he “panicked” and brought her into the back of the vehicle, where he allegedly tried to kill her by breaking her neck before strangling her with his bare hands.
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