Driver charged after car lands in river, boy dies

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Posted: Dec 22, 2014 3:51 PM

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of driving a car into a northern Ohio river in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy was charged Monday with aggravated vehicular homicide and other counts.

Lindsey Gundlach, 32, of Huron was being held on $750,000 bond after she appeared by video arraignment in Erie County on Monday morning, less than 12 hours after the crash in Milan Township, the Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/1t0vB6u ) reported.

Gundlach had a blood-alcohol content of 0.127, above Ohio's legal limit of 0.08 for drivers, police said. She also faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. No attorney is listed for her.

Investigators tell the Register that Gundlach's passengers were her friend's 4-year-old son, Javin Jaques, and 7-year-old daughter.

Gundlach had been backing out of a driveway and failed to stop when she reached a road, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say her vehicle then traveled across the road into the river at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

The children's mother discovered the incident and dove into the river, the sheriff's office said. The girl was freed and taken to shore, but the boy could not be retrieved from the sinking vehicle.

Divers were called to locate Javin and remove him from the submerged vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The sheriff's office says the crash remains under investigation.