NW Iowa girl, 4, walks through cold for help after crash

2011-02-09T04:03:00Z 2011-02-11T03:37:03Z NW Iowa girl, 4, walks through cold for help after crashBy MOLLY MONTAG, Courier Lee News Service Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

ALTON, Iowa --- A Northwest Iowa family made a shocking discovery Sunday night outside their rural Sioux County residence.

It was 4-year-old Averie Carrion.

Authorities say the preschooler from Granville had walked a quarter mile through a snow-covered field to summon help for her mother, Jamie Carrion, and her 1-year-old brother, Abel, after the truck the family was riding in careened off Iowa Highway 10 and rolled into the ditch.

Her grandmother, Nancy Schwebach, still got emotional days later recounting what her granddaughter told the strangers.

"She had told the Zenks (Patrick and Jean) that her brother was crying and she thought her mother was dead," Schwebach said.

Police say the child walked away from the wreck, leaving her mother and younger brother behind. The vehicle went off the road around 7 p.m., about a mile and a half east of Alton.

Trapped inside the truck and unaware of Averie's trek to go get help, Carrion was terrified her daughter may have been severely injured or killed in the crash. She, and later the authorities, couldn't find Averie anywhere.

"Averie wasn't responding to me, so I thought that she was unconscious or something because I couldn't hear her," said Carrion, who called 911 on her cell phone. "I went into a panic ... I was screaming at the (police) dispatcher."

Schwebach, rushed to the scene but could only watch, warned to stay away, as police scoured the surrounding field for the child.

"I was just sick with worry," Schwebach said. "Where is she?"

Rescuers even searched underneath the truck. Carrion left the car she was in and went over to look, fearing the worst for her child.

"At that moment I seriously thought that she was dead, because they weren't telling me anything," Carrion said.

Relief washed over the family when they learned Averie was at a neighboring farmstead.

Schwebach, who rode in the ambulance with Averie, said medics treated the soaking wet child for hypothermia.

Schwebach said she is proud of Averie.

"I think she's pretty special, but of course I'm prejudiced," she said Tuesday afternoon.

Although Carrion describes her daughter as "very outgoing" and "very adventurous," she was still surprised Averie took off across the dark field.

"It did shock me a little bit because she's only 4 and it was dark and she didn't know where she was going," said Carrion, 25. "I think her instinct kicked in and she knew we were in trouble and she knew we needed help.

Sioux County sheriff's deputy Justin Bruin said although Averie was cold, she appeared to have escaped serious injury from the crash and the trek. She, her mother and her little brother were reunited at a local hospital, where they were treated and released later that night.

"(It was) pretty impressive, really," De Bruin said. "For a 4 year-old, that's pretty brave."

 

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  1. reojoe
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    reojoe - February 14, 2011 2:41 pm
    Chopswell said: "Had this been in Muscatine, they'd be charging this mom with reckless endangerment. She had no business being out in this storm with her 'baby!' BUT...since the story in Muscatine wasn't "life or death," and the kids wanted some SNACKS and were probably hounding their mom all evening--she gives them some money and lets them walk the TWO BLOCKS in the snow to get their snacks....and then gets charged with child endangerment from a nosey store clerk who had nothing better to do than to wreck a family. Now the kids get removed from their mom and she goes to prison. What a CROCK! "

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. panther13
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    panther13 - February 13, 2011 1:01 pm
    Chopswell said: "Had this been in Muscatine, they'd be charging this mom with reckless endangerment. She had no business being out in this storm with her 'baby!' BUT...since the story in Muscatine wasn't "life or death," and the kids wanted some SNACKS and were probably hounding their mom all evening--she gives them some money and lets them walk the TWO BLOCKS in the snow to get their snacks....and then gets charged with child endangerment from a nosey store clerk who had nothing better to do than to wreck a family. Now the kids get removed from their mom and she goes to prison. What a CROCK! "

    right because a little girl walking to a farmhouse for help after a severe car crash is the same
    as a mom sending kids into a blizzard because she is tired of dealing with them is the same thing.

  3. seriouslyfolks
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    seriouslyfolks - February 13, 2011 10:40 am
    Chopswell...You are comparing two, 100% completely different things. A mother who sends an 8 y/o out in a blizzard, with NO gloves, later at night, to get a "list of things" should be in trouble. It does not matter how much kids bug you. As a parent it is your responsibility to keep them inside, safe and warm during a blizzard. Not out roaming the streets.


    Chopswell said: "Had this been in Muscatine, they'd be charging this mom with reckless endangerment. She had no business being out in this storm with her 'baby!' BUT...since the story in Muscatine wasn't "life or death," and the kids wanted some SNACKS and were probably hounding their mom all evening--she gives them some money and lets them walk the TWO BLOCKS in the snow to get their snacks....and then gets charged with child endangerment from a nosey store clerk who had nothing better to do than to wreck a family. Now the kids get removed from their mom and she goes to prison. What a CROCK! "

  4. Chopswell
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    Chopswell - February 12, 2011 9:44 am
    Had this been in Muscatine, they'd be charging this mom with reckless endangerment. She had no business being out in this storm with her 'baby!' BUT...since the story in Muscatine wasn't "life or death," and the kids wanted some SNACKS and were probably hounding their mom all evening--she gives them some money and lets them walk the TWO BLOCKS in the snow to get their snacks....and then gets charged with child endangerment from a nosey store clerk who had nothing better to do than to wreck a family. Now the kids get removed from their mom and she goes to prison. What a CROCK!
  5. WI resident
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    WI resident - February 10, 2011 9:25 am
    Only goes to show when you have your kids (or dog) with you in the car on cold winter days , to have them dressed for this. Only hoping it won't happen, but to be prepared. What a gem of a little girl this is! I know some adults that wouldn't do this in the dark.
  6. medicgirl
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    medicgirl - February 09, 2011 5:19 pm
    Hey freshoutaprison: Thanks, I needed a good laugh today!
  7. cfmama
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    cfmama - February 09, 2011 12:23 pm
    What a brave little girl!!
  8. fresh
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    fresh - February 09, 2011 11:24 am
    When i was 4, i was eating glue
  9. freshoutaprison
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    freshoutaprison - February 09, 2011 10:22 am
    What a great story. Nice to hear some good news involving a child for a change. What a litte hero... my kid wont even walk to the fridge for me.
  10. roofster
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    roofster - February 09, 2011 7:43 am
    Amazing
  11. drgoat
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    drgoat - February 09, 2011 7:32 am
    This story gave me goose bumps!! In this tough Iowa winter weather she braved it to get help for her family. You have a verrry amazing little girl!! A tough midwestern girl and a very brave soul!! She should be loved like the angel she is!!!
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