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Parents of Shaler girl fatally struck by suspected drunk driver will hold press conference |

Parents of Shaler girl fatally struck by suspected drunk driver will hold press conference

| Monday, October 12, 2015 3:03 p.m
Ava Lynn Campbell
Justin Merriman | Trib Total Media
Amber and Dave Campbell embrace after a balloon release in memory of their daughter, Ava, 6, who died after being struck by a suspected drunken driver as she left a play date in Shaler.
Sidney Davis | Trib Total Media
Balloons and stuffed animals mark the area where six-year old Ava Campbell was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver on Saturday night in Shaler. According to a criminal complaint, Travis Richard Grayson, 20, of Millvale lost control of his 2004 Ford Mustang hitting Ava and her mother.

The parents of a Shaler girl struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver will speak to reporters Tuesday with their attorney.

Attorney Jim Burn said the news conference is meant to thank community members for rallying around the family, and to raise questions on the circumstances surrounding the death.

Amber and David Campbell of Shaler will attend a news conference at the Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Company, where David Campbell is chief.

Their daughter, Ava, 6, died Sept. 26 when Travis Grayson, 20, reportedly lost control of his Ford Mustang and struck Ava and her mother as they walked home from a play date, according to police.

Grayson was charged three times with underage drinking, and each time the charge was dismissed or reduced.

“Based on an accumulation of offenses, which are well-documented, why wasn’t more done sooner?” Burn said in a statement. “If the answer … is judicial discretion and/or procedure, then we must immediately review all laws on the books and the current system in place for underage offenses which pertain to alcohol, controlled or illegal substances and make changes.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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