Baby Lily doing well after freezing-river ordeal

Baby Lily doing well after freezing-river ordeal

A baby who spent 14 hours upside down in a car seat in freezing temperatures after her mother crashed their car into a Utah river is improving and is expected to live.

Lily, with Jennifer on left. Picture: GoFundMe page to raise funds for funeral and medical expenses

Police spokesman Matt Johnson said the family has told him 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck is doing better.

She was discovered at midday local time on Saturday by a fisherman in Spanish Fork. Police believe her mother struck a cement barrier on a bridge and careered into the river.

Her mother, 25-year-old Jennifer Groesbeck, was found dead in the car.

Baby Lily doing well after freezing-river ordeal

Lt Johnson said police do not know what caused the accident late on Friday night. There were no skid marks or signs of mechanical failures in the car.

Three police officers and four firefighters who entered the river to push the car on its side and rescue the girl were released after treatment for hypothermia at a hospital.

Family members told police that Lynn Groesbeck left her parents' nearby home in Salem about 10 p.m. Friday and was en route to her Springville home near Provo when the crash occurred.

She was enrolled at Provo College with a goal of becoming a medical assistant, Sanderson said, and had lived in the Provo area her entire life.

"She was very compassionate and a very loving person and always willing to bend over backwards for her loved ones," Sanderson told KSL. "Her baby was the love of her life. She was an amazing mother."

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