A very sad day in Gallatin County: Official word from coronerPosted by Jack Howser on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 @ 5:24 pm.
The truck entered the river in Old Town near a Bunge grain elevator. Perry and Marrs township divers located the vehicle around 1:00 am Thursday using sonar. However, they were not able to even snag a line at that point. It’s our understanding that the river at that location had a depth of about 50 feet and a strong undercurrent. It’s unclear whether this was a dredged point in the river.
The baby in the truck was 17-month-old Charisma Jordan Michelle McGuire, daughter of Kaylan Perry. Kaylan was sitting in the cab with Charisma, who was asleep in her car seat, while Kaylan’s boyfriend (the name we’ve been given is Jessie Oldham) was fishing. Reportedly, Charisma kicked the gearshift of the truck, which caused it to go out of park and begin rolling toward the river. Oldham attempted to stop the truck, but he fell and the truck, we’re hearing, rolled over him (he is reported to have suffered broken ribs). As the truck was rolling, Kaylan made every attempt to unfasten her daughter from the car seat and escape with her, but she could not, and once the truck was waterborne, Kaylan, who is pregnant, had to fight with the submersion herself…which was extremely difficult, as she cannot swim.
Dive teams, search and rescue, and fire and police officials worked all night to recover the truck. The scene, while tragic, showed a community pulling together, many for a little baby girl they didn’t know. Our staff watched them first-hand. Their efforts are nothing less than heroic.
An autopsy is expected to be conducted, and authorities suspect no foul play whatsoever.
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