A 7-year-old girl drowned and her mother suffered serious injuries after the car she was driving ended up submerged in a Missouri pond on Saturday, investigators said.
30-year-old Reem Alkhirafi was driving in Warren County, about an hour from St. Louis County, when dust in the road “obstructed” her vision, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol. The dust had been kicked up by the vehicle in front of hers, Fox 2 reported, citing the Metro West Fire Protection District.
In the crash report obtained by Fox News, investigators said Alkhirafi then drove off the road and landed in a pond. Her three children were inside the car at the time as well.
She reportedly didn't see a curve in the road before driving into the private pond.
Alkhirafi got out of the car and, along with bystanders, was trying to save her children before first responders arrived, the television station reported.
The crash report said Alkhirafi suffered serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. Her 7-year-old daughter, Safa, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report.
Alkhirafi is from Chesterfield, Mo., a western suburb of St. Louis.
Her updated condition was not immediately available but Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Dallas Thompson told Fox News she's expected to survive.
Her other two children were not hurt, Thompson told Fox News.