BOISE COUNTY -- The Boise County Sheriff's Office says a young girl died after an SUV crashed over an embankment into the reservoir near the Arrowrock Dam just after 7 p.m. Thursday.
Chief Deputy Dale Rogers says a family of five was in the vehicle when it plunged about 100 feet toward the water's edge. Miraculously, the SUV stopped short of the water's edge after coming to rest on some rocks.
The dad, Dave Persons, grabbed an 8-year-old child and mom, Tori Miller, got an infant out of the vehicle. Moments later the SUV dislodged from the rocks and went into the water with 4-year-old Pearl Sittner still inside. Rogers says the water was too deep and dark for the parents to save the girl.
The Boise County Sheriff, Ada County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, Mores Creek Ambulance, and Life Flight took part in the rescue near Macks Creek Park off of Arrowrock Road.
"It really kills me. In fact, there's a ton of people standing here, and everybody was just crying. It's very sad and very tragic," said Keri Mang.