UTAH (KRON) — Emotional footage has surfaced of the harrowing rescue of a toddler from an icy river.
Rescuers found 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck strapped into her car seat, hanging upside down as icy water flowed through the car. A fisherman spotted the car Saturday, the day after it hit a cement barrier on a bridge and careened into the river in Spanish Fork, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Lily’s mother, Lynn Groesbeck, 25, of Springville, did not survive the crash.
“She should be gone. She shouldn’t be here,” said Deven Trafny, Lily’s Father. “I’m blessed. I’m counting all my blessings right now.”
Despite traffic on the bridge, no one saw the wreck because the cement barrier obstructed the view, police said. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the crash but say the girl’s mother could have been distracted or drowsy.
Spanish Fork police Lt. Matt Johnson told Salt Lake City television station KUTV that investigators found a bag of what looks marijuana in the car, along with a bottle what is believed to be pain medications and an opened syringe. It’s unknown if drugs contributed to the crash until toxicology reports come back in several weeks.