Sheriff: 13-year-old swept downstream during Boulder Creek crash dies

A car crash in the Boulder Creek on May 31, 2014 resulted in an 11-year-old girl being swept downstream. (Photo: KWGN viewer DJ Hernandez of Lafayette)

A car crash in the Boulder Creek on May 31, 2014 resulted in an 11-year-old girl being swept downstream. (Photo: KWGN viewer DJ Hernandez of Lafayette)

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A truck flipped over into Boulder Creek near Sugarloaf Road in Boulder Canyon Saturday.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a call about a crash at Highway 119 and Sugarloaf Road came in around 4:45 p.m.

A father was traveling with his two daughters when a car in front of him stopped suddenly because of a bear, said deputies. He ended up rear-ending the car, which then sent his vehicle into the creek.

The father and one of the daughters managed to get the opposite side of the bank, but a 13-year-old girl was swept downstream by the rushing waters.

More than 100 responders were on scene to rescue the girl from the waters.

A diver eventually recovered her behind Boulder High School.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle confirmed to Channel 2 News that the girl was recovered unconscious and immediately transported to Boulder Community Hospital.

Deputies said rescue crews had a visual of the girl the entire time, but they couldn’t get to her. She drifted more than six miles downstream before she was recovered at about 6:07 p.m.

At about 8:45 p.m., a Boulder County sheriff confirmed that the 13-year-old victim has passed away as a result of her injuries.

2 comments

  • j&G

    The main problem had no phone service and rescue didnt get there for 15 min or so .The lady with the white shirt and blonde hair and blonde hair ran all the eay with the girl full run to keep up my wife was in vehicle tring to get ahead and an older lady were following the girl . And 2 kayac guys headed down river who were in very rough water and we were yelling and searching .The man kneeeling down was keeping other 2 calm he did a great job.But if something happens there no phone service was a big problem.

  • Kathleen Galt

    So tragic Prayers for the young girl and her family.. Hope someone can explain how there were 100 responders out and nothing could be done to get the girl out. Know the creek is a raging but it does seem with that many people more could have been done. So so sad. And yet on Sunday tons of people in the creek again. One would think people could have given it a day of rest. Not sure why but your headline says 13 year old girl swept away and the picture says 11. Reporters…are you able to report accurately?

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