• Community rallies around Gwinnett principal who lost most of family in fatal wreck

    By: Lori Wilson


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A community is rallying around a middle school principal after two of his children and their mother were killed in a crash last weekend.

    The news shocked and saddened parents of Richards Middle School students who spoke with Channel 2’s Lori Wilson.

    Many of those parents, looking for a way to help, are turning to the internet.

    Tonyia Short has two students at Richards Middle School. She told Wilson that she was saddened when she heard that assistant principal Ben Bachman lost two of his children and their mother in a crash on Interstate 75 south in Tennessee over the weekend.

    “I'm just shocked,” Short said. “I can't even imagine, especially with school about to start now.”

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirms that Rebecca Bachman, the children's mother, was driving when her car slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer that had stopped for traffic. 


    Lauren Bachman, 15, and Daniel Bachman, 13, were killed. Jake Bachman, 10, is recovering in a Tennessee hospital.

    “I’m extremely sorry for him, praying for him that he's going to be OK,” said parent Gul Bakhtyar.

    As parents react, many people are reaching out to help the family through a GoFundMe page. Since Tuesday, thousands of dollars have already been raised to help with expenses.

    Gwinnett County Schools sent a statement to Wilson, saying: 

    "Richards Middle School notified its community about Mr. Bachman's loss and word of this heartbreaking news has spread throughout the district. I know all of our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time."

    “I'm just going to keep him and his family in our prayers, because what can you really say?” Short said.

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