Woman backs car into river, killing 4-year-old

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A woman in Ohio was arrested after she backed her car into the Huron river, killing a 4-year-old inside.

According to FOX8 in Cleveland, Ohio, 32-year-old Lindsey Gundlach was with the 4-year-old's mother and sister when they decided to drive to another friend's house. The mother took her own car, while her two children went in Gundlach's.

As Gundlach was backing out of the driveway, she reportedly missed the road and went into the Huron River.

The mother dove into the river to try and help save the children. The girl was rescued from the car, FOX8 reports.

Gundlach was also able to escape, but no one was able to rescue 4-year-old Javin Jaques as the vehicle sank into the river.

Responders to the scene eventually located and took the child from the vehicle. The 4-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

FOX8 reports officers arrested Gundlach at the scene on suspicion of drunk driving. The woman later took a breath alcohol test, with the result being .12BAC.

On Monday the woman pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle impaired (OVI) and child endangering.

Her bond was set at $750,000.


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  • carol

    Before I even finished this story I knew it would involve alcohol. Alcohol is right up there with drugs. If you have kids, or are going to be responsible for one as in this case, you have no business mixing alcohol or drugs and then cari ng for kids. Hell you can’t even care for yourself.

  • Melissa

    That poor boy was left in the car while she got out. She saved herself first. Your supposed to get the kids out first then yourself last. I understand that you don’t think clearly when your panicking though. And under the influence apparently. IF the mom knew her friend wS under the influence Why doesn’t the mother also get in trouble for allowing her kids to get in the car with the lady who was drinking ? These are just my thoughts. We all want to punish someone when it comes to an innocent child. It hurts.