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2 die in car driven into WVa river, 1 dies attempting rescue

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Posted at 8:03 PM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 20:03:55-04

SUTTON, W.Va. — Officials say an Ohio woman and child died after the woman drove her vehicle into a river in central West Virginia, and a volunteer firefighter died trying to save them.

The West Virginia fire marshal's office says the vehicle went into the Elk River in Braxton County.

A Gassaway volunteer firefighter, 24-year-old John D. Forbush, heard the initial dispatch and responded.

A news release from the fire marshal's office says Forbush couldn't free the people inside the vehicle.

They were identified as 42-year-old LaTonya Bell and 8-year-old Havana Pipkins, both of Cleveland.

The release says the Braxton County Sheriff’s Office determined that the woman intentionally drove into the river.