Mom dies, baby critical after car found in Spanish Fork River about 13 hours after crash

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SPANISH FORK, Utah –A woman is dead and her 18-month-old daughter was flown to a hospital in critical condition after a fisherman saw a car floating in the Spanish Fork River Saturday afternoon, and officials said it appears the car went into the river sometime around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Officials said a man fishing in the Spanish Fork River near Arrowhead Drive and Main Street spotted a Dodge Caliber floating upside down in the water around 12:24 p.m. Saturday.

Inside was a 25-year-old woman from Springville in the driver's seat who was deceased, and the woman's 18-month-old daughter was in the rear passenger seat. The child was taken to Mountain View Hospital by ground and was then flown to Primary Children's Hospital in critical condition. The names of the victims have not been released.

According to a press release from the Spanish Fork Police Department, officials believe the vehicle struck a cement barrier on the south end of the bridge before traveling into the river. It is unclear why the vehicle left the roadway, and the Utah Highway Patrol is assisting Spanish Fork PD with the investigation.

Three police officers and four firefighters were transported to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia. Those responders have since been treated and released.

Lt. Cory Slaymaker, Spanish Fork Police Department, said the woman had been in nearby Salem Friday night and the crash occurred as she drove home from visiting her parents.

“I have been able to confirm that she had visited some family in Salem [Friday] night around 10 o’clock," he said. "She left Salem between 10:00 and 10:30 last night, was heading home to Springville, the family didn’t know that she did not arrive.”

A resident in the area where the car was found reported hearing a loud noise around 10:30 p.m. That resident checked the area out after hearing the noise but didn't see anything out of the ordinary, and the car was not found until Saturday when the fisherman spotted it.

"Where the car was at, you couldn't see it from the roadway," Slaymaker said.


  • CharleneBlake

    This is a horrific tragedy! I hope the baby makes a full recovery! The family would be wise to preserve the electronic evidence, not just mechanical, in this vehicle. Do not let the manufacturer examine it without someone monitoring it, better yet, videotaping it. Here’s why:

    Jeep vehicles are WELL-KNOWN in terms of sudden unintended acceleration. Ask ANY car wash business. As a matter of fact, the Car Wash Association has a formal LIST of most likely vehicles to do this. Jeeps often TAKE OFF while inside these car washes. Carol lives on a lake and the humid conditions may well be connected.

    There’s a BIG hidden secret in the auto industry…it’s called ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration! I know…you thought that was just about FLOOR MATS and sticky pedals, or “driver error,” right? That’s certainly what TOYOTA would like you to continue to believe, BUT DON’T!

    These ultra-complex new engines are completely computer driven. Software is needed to control the throttle system. You THINK you are giving gas when you press the accelerator, but you are only SUGGESTING this to the computer. In electronic SUA cases, the throttle software may be glitch-prone and NOT do as you wish.

    What happens then? Well, the glitch may (and has for countless SUA victims) result in an OPEN THROTTLE situation. The brakes become INEFFECTIVE in these situations and crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes have resulted.

    What does the automaker say? They hook the vehicles up to the computer and declare NOTHING WRONG! They cite the EDR which has erroneous data and say YOU were NOT braking. They point the finger at you based on AGE, GENDER, MEDICAL history, prescription meds, etc. YOU name it, they’ve TRIED it!

    Get the picture? And you THOUGHT the GM issue was big? Think again! This cover-up of ELECTRONIC SUA is scandalous and very well-orchestrated.

    Why even a WHISTLEBLOWER has been legally harassed by Toyota as it does NOT want her Toyota internal docs posted online anymore. The automaker wants to intimidate and SILENCE her. It doesn’t want the PUBLIC involved, for goodness sake!

    • mcybersmith

      Thank you so much for your comment and for revealing this information. Geez, who knows this, maybe you and a few other people? Thanks again and don’t give up on spreading this information. Why not make a “free” wordpress blog on this so people will find it when doing Google searches? Thanks.

  • Amanda Turner

    After watching that video, I’m wondering how long was Carly Figueroa submerged under water? I’m guessing “its” brain was deprived of oxygen for several minutes, but “it” miraculously managed to get lots of Xanax before “it” did “its” report.

    • Julie

      I was thinking thee same exact thing when I watched this video of the “news anchor woman” outside the hospital where the baby girl, Lily – NOT “IT”!!!!! I would be so upset if I knew this family. It is absolutely disgusting to see this woman, whose eyebrows make her look somehow “touched” by this story! The eyebrows need a makeover and the news station should FIRE THIS CLUELESS WOMAN!!!!!! Horrifying!!!

  • mcybersmith

    I am frustrated as heck about this woman – she surely fell asleep at the wheel. Why leave someplace at 10:30pm to go home when you are tired and you put your child at risk. Doesn’t that bother you? Good judgment says she STAYS OVERNIGHT where she was, get up at 6am and go home. Had she shown that good sense, she would be alive today with the child. And where in the hell is the father. The woman is missing for 12+ hours and what IS HE DOING? Why isn’t he looking for this wife and child? She has a cell phone? Perhaps got wet and not working but if on and reachable – search for that cell phone location. What a tragedy. Worse yet is someone claims they “heard something” yet made no effort to go look and/or call the police and ask them to come look around. How sad.

    • Leesa

      Really? Maybe you should refrain from adding your opinion to an already tragic situation. That “woman” happens to be 25 year old Jenny who didn’t leave “someplace”, she left her families house to drive about 20 minutes home. Reality check: 10:30 is not too late to drive 20 minutes home!
      Do a little research before you provide your opinion on how people should live and what they should do. She wasn’t married and “the father” isn’t in the picture so why in the hell would he be keeping track of her or the child he helped in creating? I am frustrated as heck with you woman! Simply offer your condolences and move on.

    • phylly5

      You need to do a little RESEARCH before spouting off such hurtful comments… She drove a VERY short distance home at 10:30 pm… Not sure what planet you live on but that is not so late that someone would be at risk of falling asleep at the wheel… Ridiculous and insensitive… YOU don’t know what happened.. So prejudging makes YOU the idiot..and the father was away overnight for work and didn’t know they not home…again COMPLETELY typical situation… Geez some people just blow my mind..

  • mcybersmith

    The bridge has a “taper” on the wall at the beginning. Look at the picture. These kinds of bridge slants are not longer built in California SPECIFICALLY because when cars hit them the front wheel goes up the incline of the side rail and off the road. So Sad!

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