State Police Identify 5-Year-Old Killed in Nelson County Wreck
Arrington, VA - Snowy roads helped claim the life of at least one person in Nelson County.
State police have identified that little boy as Jeremiah Clark, 5, of Nellysford.
They say alcohol was not a factor and everyone was wearing seatbelts, but charges are pending.
State police say Clark died after the car he was riding in slid off Wilson Hill Road, struck a tree and landed in a creek down below.
When rescuers pulled the boy from the vehicle Sunday night, he had no pulse and wasn't breathing.
They managed to resuscitate him before taking him to the hospital. But unfortunately, it wasn't enough.
When you listen to the frantic 911 call, it isn't the words, but the screams that make you understand the fear.
"I know that you're in a lot of pain but I cannot understand you when you're screaming," the Nelson County Dispatcher tells the caller on the other line.
Firefighters say two adults and three children, ages three, five and seven were all trapped inside a red Saturn.
Kris Redman was the third person to arrive on the scene.
"They had several children down there. So, my first priority was to get the kids out of the water," explained the Lovingston Volunteer Firefighter.
Firefighters say the car slid off the roadway and tumbled 15 to 20 feet into the river.
Nine departments, including the Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department were called in to help with the rescue.
And even when it was clear the five-year-old boy was gone, they pulled him to shore, restored his pulse, and got him breathing.
But a day later, despite all the effort, he lost his battle.
"A lot of emotions -- scared, sadness, fear," Bobby Solar, the Lovingston Volunteer Fire Captain, said of the scene.
And during this season of new beginnings, first responders are remembering a young life cut short.
"You always feel for the family because to some degree, no matter how much you try to separate it -- especially when a child's involved-- you think about nieces, nephews, cousins, your own kids," Redman added.