Update (Aug. 22)
OUACHITA COUNTY, Ark. – Ouachita County investigators now believe a crash that killed a woman, and left her two young children stranded in a car, happened Friday.
This would mean the kids were trapped in the wrecked car for four days instead of two.
The victim’s oldest son, Kylen, 3, managed to get out of his car seat and get help.
The investigation is ongoing.
Original Story (Aug. 20)
OUACHITA COUNTY, Ark. – Along busy Highway 24 in Ouachita County, deputies say a wrecked car with a mother and her two small children inside went unnoticed for two days.
“She takes them everywhere she goes,” says James Holliman.
“I’ll never get up and see her, I’ll never get to talk to her, laugh with her. My baby’s gone,” says Holliman.
It’s what unfolded after the wreck deputies say is nothing short of a miracle.
“They went through a pure hell, no doubt,” says Ouachita County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Nathan Greeley.
Holliman’s three-year-old grandson Kylen managed to get out of his car seat, through the sunroof then up a small hill filled with bushes.
“When he climbed out of that car, seeing his mother dead like that like she was, he tried to wake his mom up,” says Holliman.
Greeley says when they found the car, they found the boys’ mother nearby and Kylen’s one-year-old brother still fastened to his car seat.
“He was somewhat turned sideways, in a position upside down,” says Greeley.
Investigators say it’s by the grace of God the children survived not only the wreck, but made it two days without food or water.
“It was hard to see my grandson, you know, laying there like that… all cut up,” says Holliman.
Holliman says losing his daughter may be the hardest thing he’ll go through. He says it’s even more difficult knowing his daughter was four weeks pregnant.
“We just found that out at the hospital that she was pregnant. We didn’t know. We lost two,” says Holliman.
Both boys suffered dehydration.
The one-year-old is recovering at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is expected to survive.
The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.