By Kent Larsen
LDS Girl Dies In Road-Tubing Tragedy
OLDTOWN, IDAHO -- An 11-year-old LDS girl on an inner tube being towed
behind a car died Sunday night after the inner tube was hit by a pickup
truck. Mariah Mathia died instantly in the tragedy, which police are using
to show the danger of this illegal wintertime sport.
Mariah and her sister Shanena were being towed behind a 1994 Volvo station
wagon by their 16-year-old brother. As the brother slowed to make a turn, he
saw the approaching pickup truck and braked suddenly, sending the inner
tubes into the center of the street, where the pickup hit both girls. Mariah
died instantly, and Shanena was injured. She was listed Monday in
satisfactory condition at a local hospital.
According to news reports, Mariah was the second youngest of five children.
She was homeschooled and her family are members of an LDS congregation in
Priest River, Idaho. Police emphasized Monday that towing any tube or sled
behind a motorized vehicle on roads is illegal. "It seems like we run across
this every year," said Idaho State Police Lieutenant Curtis Exley. "It's not
good common sense."
Girl dies in winter accident
Spokane WA Spokesman-Review 19Dec00 P2
By Angie Gaddy - Staff writer
11-year-old on inner tube was being towed when hit by oncoming truck