7-year-old girl drowns, driver in critical condition after vehicle goes into a pond in Warren County

MARTHASVILLE, MO – Just before 5 p.m. in Marthasville, Missouri an urgent call was made after a vehicle went into a pond.  Mike Thiemann with the Metro West Fire Protection District tells Fox 2/News 11 that 1 person drowned, and another person is in critical condition.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 7-year-old Safa Alkhirafi, of Chesterfield, died, and that the driver Reem Alkhirafi, 30, mother of the children is in critical condition at a hospital.  The 2 other children in the vehicle were rescued and uninjured.

A preliminary cause for the incident says that dust from a gravel road kicked up by a vehicle driving in front of the car impeded the vision of the driver causing the driver to miss a curve in the road and drive into the pond.

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