Young mother dies in car crash, 18-month old survives

Updated story:{ }Spanish Fork rescuers save baby 13 hours after crash that killed mother

(KUTV) A young mother from Springville is dead after a car crash into the Spanish Fork River.{ } The woman's 18-month-old daughter survived.

Spanish Fork Police Officers said the baby girl survived through the night, until a fisherman spotted the floating vehicle nearly 13 hours later.

The car was upside down when it was found. { }

"The baby’s car seat could have possibly been out of the water," said Lt. Cory Slaymaker of the Spanish Fork Police Department. "The car was on the embankment, so I don't know how much water was getting in. It could have been 12 to 13 hours this baby was upside down in the car seat."

The Utah Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation.{ } { }

UHP officials said{ }Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, was leaving her parents' home in Salem Friday around 10 p.m.
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"It is unknown why the car left the roadway," Slaymaker said. "Our investigation shows the driver's side tire went up the cement barrier on the south end of the bridge, launching this woman and her baby into the freezing water."{ }

Investigators believe the crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Friday. They tell 2News that a neighbor, who lives near the bridge by Arrowhead Trail, heard a loud splash around that time and checked outside but didn’t see anything suspicious. { }

"Where the car was, you couldn’t see it from the roadway," Slaymaker said. { }

A fisherman spotted the car below the bridge at Arrowhead Trail and Mainstreet around 12:30 Saturday afternoon. { }

Police said he called dispatch, and rescuers entered the river, turning the car on its side.

"We were delighted to see the baby was alive," Slaymaker said. The child's mother, he said, likely died on impact.

Utah County Sheriff’s Department, Salem Police and Spanish Fork Police aided in the rescue. Three police officers and four firefighters were transported to Mountain View Hospital to be treated for hypothermia, due to the frigid water.{ } The officers and firefighters have since been released. { }

Detectives said the water is 10-feet deep in places.

Family members say{ }Groesbeck was engaged to be married. Lt. Matt Johnson with the Spanish Fork Police Department said her fiancé was out of the state Friday night. { }

The 18-month-old girl remains in Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition. { }

Police said drugs and alcohol were not factors in this crash.


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