CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — State police say a 7-year-old Texas girl drove the family's damaged vehicle for about three miles for help after it crashed, killing her father.
State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said 40-year-old Guillermo Montes of Bovina, Texas, was thrown out Saturday night when he apparently lost control of the vehicle on N.M. 77 and it rolled, coming to rest in a Curry County field.
His daughter, Elizabeth Kazza, realized he was dead, and drove for help until a passing motorist spotted her, Glascock said.
"(It took) a lot of courage. … It's remarkable anybody could drive after something like that," Glascock said.
Authorities found Montes dead at the scene.
State police said Elizabeth told officers her dad was driving Clovis, about 25 miles from Bovina, to get beer when they crashed.
A state police news release Tuesday evening said alcohol was a factor in the crash. Glascock said beer bottles were found at the scene, and that Elizabeth and her younger brother said Montes was drinking as he drove.
Police said Elizabeth and her 4-year-old brother were treated for minor injuries at a Clovis hospital and were turned over to their mother.
Information from: Clovis News Journal, http://www.cnjonline.com
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