When Lindsy Doan attempted to cross the stream on San Marcos Road in her SUV while taking her 5-year-old son to school, she didn’t think the water was any more profound than usual.
However, the creek was larger and flowing stronger than she had anticipated due to the rain that California experienced during its spectacular winter storms.
Doan cursed as the 4,300-pound (1,950-kg) Chevy Traverse was thrown off the road and wedged against a sizable sycamore tree when she lost control of the steering.
Kyle, her son, reassured her from the back seat, “Mom, it’s OK.” Just remain calm.
Before his fingers slipped from hers and he washed away on Monday on California’s central coast near Paso Robles, they were the final words the young child whispered to his mother.
Doan told The Associated Press, “Yesterday, I got to the point where I thought I ran out of tears.” “I don’t know what to anticipate any longer.
I tried searching for “how long can a child not eat” on Google. How long can they wear drenched attire? We are concerned because I doubt they will be able to locate him.
For a third day on Wednesday, more than 100 people, including National Guard members, dive teams, canine and drone searchers, and individuals sifting through shoulder-high heaps of debris on the banks of San Marcos Creek, continued their search for Kyle.
Only one of his blue and gray Nike shoes has so far been located.
At least 18 people have died due to the storms that have battered California nonstop since the end of last year.
Trees that have fallen and vehicles being driven on flooded roadways have been the leading causes of fatalities.
It said Kyle was missing.