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Woman and Daughter, 3, Survive After Car Drives Off Bridge

The information in this report is from the Solon Police and Fire Departments.

A 33-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter are lucky to be alive after their car plunged off of U.S. 422 on Tuesday and fell onto Som Center Road.

The woman and her daughter were conscious and alert after the crash, and were transported to Hillcrest Hospital. The mother had some broken bones and the daughter was taken for observation, said Fire Chief William Shaw.

"This is one of the most amazing accidents I've seen in my 28 years," Shaw said.

At about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the woman was driving east on U.S. 422 when she blacked out and lost control of her car. The car travelled between the two bridges over SOM Center Road, and launched off of the hill, flying into a guardrail on Route 91 below.

Shaw said it's a miracle that no one was driving on SOM Center Road. The crash could have been fatal if the car had struck another one.

The daughter was likely saved because she was secure in her carseat, Shaw said.

"I can't stress enough the importance of a car safety seat," he said.

Mark Yax September 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM
The car did not "fall from a bridge " or "plunge off a bridge" it drove between the two bridges and ended up on Rt.91. Im glad everyone is OK but let's get the story straight without all the hype.
Chris Mazzolini (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Hi Mark: After reading it over, I agree. I've updated the headline and the story. I will say that the car didn't simply drive between the bridges. That's 30 feet up, and the car was moving fast. The fire chief said it went airborne and flew through the air.
KM September 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Good Morning Mark. As a close family member I feel the need to comment. We would be grateful to say that it was just a few broken fingers. Unfortunately, her spine has been crushed & is awaiting surgery to repair. It really does not matter how it happened. Our loved ones are here and as a family we are blessed. Our wish is to send positive thoughts to heal & get her back with her little girl- whom by the way is doing great but missing her mommy. Have a great day.
Mark Yax September 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Kim I'm sorry to hear about the extent of your family members injuries. i didn't realize the mom was seriosly hurt. I assumed that "broken bones" meant minor injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. I didn't mean to diminish the seriousness of accident I just commented that the headline should have reflected on exactly what tanspired. Daughter and Mom survive crash on Alt 422 would have been more appropriate.
Julie September 21, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I happen to be four cars back from this accident and witnessed the entire thing. I can't believe the impact it has had on me. There is nothing like being helpless to stop the car from going through the median and watching it disappear and praying that no one was below and that the people inside were going to be okay. I did pull over and told the police that the driver did not brake. I was thankful that the little girl was not seriously injured. I hope that the driver recovers and heals. Prayers to the family. JW.
Dan Moore September 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Hello, my name is Dan Moore. I was at the scene of the accident right after it happened and I immediately ran down to the car to check on everyone. After I saw that the mother was conscious, I went to help the little girl. I held her and comforted her until the police arrived. I've been worried since I left the scene wondering how everyone has been. I'm glad that the little one is ok and my prayers go out to you and your family in this time of healing. I wish you all the best.
Katy September 26, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Hello, my name is Katy. I was the driver in this accident with my daughter. I'm happy to say my daughter is fine. I however had to have back surgery, received countless units of blood, fractured sternum, a broken foot & am in tremendous pain. I will be out of work for several months. I am grateful to be here and thank everyone who came to our rescue. Thank you to Solon Fire/EMS/Police. The staff here at hillcrest has taken tremendous care of me. Thank you to the doctors & nurses. My family has beem amazing with their love & support. You can never imagine something like this happening. I am blessed.
Michelle Koelliker September 30, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Katy, I drove by where it all happen and I'm so thankful to god that you and Ava are safe and heeling. I love to ao much and you are such a kind, truly wonderful person. Your going to heal and everything is going to be fine again. There is no fought in my mind you will pull threw this and when it gets tough just know you have that beautiful daughter to be there for:) so many people are praying for you - and will continue to keep praying❤❤
katherine dardzinski October 04, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Hello, this is Katy the driver of this accident. I'm happy to report that I am home safe, my daughter and I are staying w my parents for at least a week until I regain my strength. Dr.Anton at hillcrest performed my surgery and did a fantastic job. Again, thanks to everyone's love and support. I don't know why I blacked out while driving but am so incredibly thankful that I didn't hurt anyone, including my daughter. Its truly a miracle that I didn't hit anyone on the road. I can handle any injuries that come my way but would have been devastated if anybody else was hurt. I have much faith in God and I know he was watching over us that day. Thanks so very much for all the prayers, they are helping. Sincerely, Katy Dardzinski

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