Texas dad charged with manslaughter after two kids fell out of backhoe he was driving and died

Dad, 40, is charged over deaths of his two children, 7 and 11, who fell from bucket of backhoe he was driving and were run over in Texas

  • Vijender Chauhan, 40, was arrested by state troopers after they were called to the home near Roanoke, a suburb of Fort Worth
  • Denton County jail records show that Chauhan was charged with two counts of manslaughter
  • He was also charged with three counts of endangering a child and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • He was released on a surety bond on Sunday after his bail was set at $280,000
  • Chauhan was driving the John Deere backhoe around 7.30pm on Saturday down a private road while a number of children and adults rode on the machine
  • He then caused the front bucket to dump his two children Shivraj, 11, and Sonakshi, 7, who were riding in it to the ground

A Texas dad has been charged with manslaughter after two of his young kids fell out of the bucket of a backhoe he was driving and died on Saturday.

Vijender Chauhan, 40, was arrested by state troopers after they were called to the home near Roanoke, a suburb of Fort Worth, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.

Denton County jail records show that Chauhan was charged with two counts of manslaughter, three counts of endangering a child and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was released on a surety bond on Sunday after his bail was set at $280,000 after totaling the amount for each of the five charges.

Vijender Chauhan, 40, was arrested by state troopers after they were called to the home near Roanoke, a suburb of Fort Worth

Denton County jail records show that Chauhan was charged with two counts of manslaughter

Denton County jail records show that Chauhan was charged with two counts of manslaughter

A Google Street View shows the 1600 block of Chapel Hill Court in Denton County where the backhoe was driving

A Google Street View shows the 1600 block of Chapel Hill Court in Denton County where the backhoe was driving

A stock image shows a John Deere backhoe, believed to be similar to the one used in the incident

A stock image shows a John Deere backhoe, believed to be similar to the one used in the incident

Chauhan was driving the John Deere backhoe around 7.30pm on Saturday down a private road while a number of children and adults rode on the machine, outlets reported.

He then caused the front bucket to dump his two children Shivraj, 11, and Sonakshi, 7, who were riding in it to the ground, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Chauhan then allegedly ran them over, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.

The outlets reported that an adult was seriously injured, along with two other kids who were taken to a local hospital.

‘Preliminary investigation indicates a John Deere backhoe was traveling southwest on Chapel Hill Court with multiple children and adults riding on various moving parts of the backhoe,’ Lonny Haschel, a spokesperson for the Texas DPS told the Denton Record-Chronicle.

‘While in motion, the driver of the backhoe operated equipment causing the front bucket to dump, and occupants riding in the bucket fell to the ground.’

Chauhan’s children attended the Trinity Valley School, a private K-12 school in Fort Worth where tuition costs $24,920 per year, according to the school’s website.

Head of School Blair Lowry wrote an email to parents about the incident, obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

‘It is difficult to find the words to express the sorrow we all feel for the loss of our young students,’ Lowry wrote.

According to the outlet, counselors talked with grieving classmates on Tuesday.

‘Teachers, coaches, and administrators have provided opportunities for students to navigate their grief or to find solace in play or routine,’ Lowry wrote.

‘We will continue to support our students in the days and weeks to come.’

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