4-year-old girl is being credited with saving her younger sister's life after a bad crash that killed their mother, AP reported yesterday.
Jessica Rath, 26, was driving to pick up her fisherman husband from a port early Wednesday morning when she fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tree. Her older daughter,, Arriana, 4, pulled her little sister, Lyla, 2, who has worse injuries, from the wreck, and the two huddled together under a blanket until they were found six hours later.
The car was far enough into the woods that it wasn't visible to people driving by along the high way. The overnight temperature was in the low 40s.
Kraai McClure and Scott Beautler were driving by the spot when they stopped to check out the gashed tree trunk, found Rath's body and then noticed the two girls. Beautler called the four year old a hero.
Bert Haven with the Naselle, Wash. Volunteer Fire Dept. said "the 4-year old was telling us the story she had said that she actually got the 2-year-old out of the car. So as far as we know the 4-year-old got the 2-year-old out of the car and had a blanket of something that she covered them both."
Medics took both girls for treatment, first to a local hospital and then they were airlifted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland. Haven said "Well we could tell the 2-year old was let's say sick and needed to be out of there right away."
Arriana has been released from the hospital, but Lyla's condition remains unknown.