LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a second-grade Ohio teacher charged with running over her husband while their two daughters were inside the car.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the Fairfield County prosecutor’s office asked that charges against 40-year-old Angela Luke be dropped.
Luke’s husband, 42-year-old Daniel Luke, was killed Sunday night at the family’s home.
“My dad’s hurting my mom,” the child told the dispatcher in a frightening 911 call. “He’s pinning her to the ground. . .He’s making marks on my mom.”
Angela and her two children were allegedly trying to run away from Daniel, who the child said had been drinking.
The 12-year-old told the dispatcher that her father was holding on to the car before falling off and getting run over.
She has been suspended from her teaching job at Pickerington Local Schools without pay until her case is resolved.
One victims’ advocate is asking why this fleeing mother would be charged for acting in self defense.
Ohio Domestic Violence Network Executive Director Nancy Neylon says, “One of the things that it does tell victims if you escape or try to defend yourself in any way it could be that you end up being the one being charged. That’s the message it sends.
“I think to me it would have a chilling effect on who you are going to reach out to for help,” Neylon added. “Yet, reaching out to someone could very well save your life and the life of your children.”
Statistics show 4 in 5 women are somewhat or extremely afraid to call police about domestic violence. Seventy percent feared it could make things worse with the offender getting a slap on the wrist or have negative consequences for the victim, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
“It’s going to be difficult for other victims who are in those situations to look at that and think what move do I make,” Neylon said. “How can I guarantee my safety and my children’s safety? Look what happened to this family.”