WABASH COUNTY — A 2-year-old boy died Thursday afternoon after his mother missed a warning sign and drove into floodwaters that eventually completely submerged the car with the toddler in it in Wabash County.
Police were dispatched to Wabash County Road 925 for reports of a submerged vehicle around 1:40 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from the Indiana State Police.
An investigation reportedly revealed 22-year-old Anthonitte Carter, of Indianapolis, drove a 2003 Chevrolet Impala past a high water sign posted on the shoulder to warn drivers of possible floodwaters. Carter reportedly did not see the sign.
After the vehicle entered the water, it was carried to the north side of the road and became completely submerged.
Carter was able to get out, but her 2-year-old son, Eric Longer, was not able to escape, despite Carter’s attempts to free him from the car.
Officers that responded had to enter the floodwaters to rescue Carter, who reportedly did not know how to swim.
Officials from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources found the Impala in about 8 feet of water. The 2-year-old was found dead inside.
Police continue to investigate.