Father and 1-Year-Old Son Killed After Car Crashes Into River, Boy’s Mother Survives

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
March 25, 2019USshare
Father and 1-Year-Old Son Killed After Car Crashes Into River, Boy’s Mother Survives
Derek Marshall, Emily Hoey, and Maddox in a file photo. (Derek Marshall/Facebook)

A father and his 1-year-old son died over the weekend after the vehicle they were in plunged into a river in Pennsylvania.

Police officials said that the vehicle containing Derek Marshall, 29, was spotted speeding before his body was recovered from the Susquehanna River on the afternoon of March 23, along with that of his son Maddox.

It wasn’t clear how fast the vehicle was traveling at the time of the crash, whether the crash was accidental.

Just minutes after the police officer lost sight of the vehicle he got a call about someone in the river, prompting a large response, reported WNEP.

Marshall’s girlfriend and the mother of Maddox, 31-year-old Emily Hoey, was able to escape the sinking vehicle and swim to shore.

Police told the Morning Times that Marshall was driving the car, a 2007 Honda CVS coupe, when it crashed into the river.

Community members said they were saddened by the deaths.

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Derek Marshall and his son Maddox in a file photo. (Derek Marshall/Facebook)
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Derek Marshall, Emily Hoey, and Maddox in a file photo. (Derek Marshall/Facebook)

“I was very devastated,” Gloria Lincoln of Athens told WNEP. “Very devastated. It brings tears to my eyes because it’s so sad.”

“It breaks your heart because you know it could be your neighbor,” Sayre resident George Crowell told Fox 56.

Others said that Sheshequin Road, where Marshall was spotted speeding before plunging into the river, is a dangerous road that some people avoid altogether, citing the need for a guardrail on some sections.

“It’s windy, and it’s kind of narrow,” Frederick Wasielewski of Sayre told WNEP. “It’s not as narrow as it used to be. It’s a little bit safer now, but still, I would go the speed limit.”

The road isn’t safe to speed on, locals said.

“If the guy was speeding, he shouldn’t have been,” added Lincoln. “He had a small child in the car.”

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