A Toppenish, Wash., woman is dead after driving her car into the Columbia River Monday night, according to a report by the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office that was published on the White Salmon Enterprise website.
Cheryl E. Moses, 61, of Toppenish, was pronounced dead at the scene Monday night after multiple police entities and emergency personnel responded to a report of a car in the river at 11:05 pm at Lyle Point.
“KCSO deputies responded to assist. The scene was described by the deputies as ‘chaos’ as fellow friends and family of the driver...were attempting to rescue Moses from the submerged vehicle,” the sheriff’s report reads.
KCSO Marine Patrol deputies requested assistance from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, as well as the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission to assist in the recovery of the vehicle and its occupants.
When the vehicle was located it was 40 feet south of the shoreline and in about 12 feet of water. Divers had to attach a tow cable to the vehicle to remove it from the water.
Investigators believe that the incident was accidental in nature, according to the report.