4-Year-Old Girl Pulls Little Sister From Car Wreck That Kills Their Mom

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You hear about firemen and cops pulling people from burning buildings and collapsed buildings and all kinds of horrible situations, but rarely, if ever, do you hear a story like this: A 4-year-old little girl dragged her sister, who is only 2, from a car crash. She then wrapped a blanket around the two of them and stayed all night by the side of the road waiting for help. The miraculous scene started, however, with a tragedy: The toddlers' mother was killed at the wheel of the car when she fell asleep while driving.

The girls, 4-year-old Aryanna and 2-year-old Lylah, were in the car with mom Jessica Marie Rath, who was driving them through Washington state to meet up with their father, Keaton Huff, who is a fisherman. When he informed her that his boat was being detoured to Portland, Jessica decided to drive there, despite Keaton begging her to go home instead because of the late hour.

At about 2 a.m., Jessica apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The car swerved off the highway and into a tree, killing her on impact.

Aryanna reportedly pulled little Lylah, who was severely injured, out of the car and covered them both in a blanket. Police say since it was a chilly, rainy night, her action likely saved both of their lives.

I cannot fathom that a 4-year-old would know what to do in this situation. Her panic must have been immense. Nor can I imagine what it was like for them with their dead mother in the totalled car next to them. I couldn't find any stories that mentioned whether they were in car seats.

It wasn't until the next morning that passing a couple who were driving by decided to stop and check out the tree that was hit, and that is when they saw the wrecked car -- and the two little girls huddled under a blanket. Said the Good Samaritan who found them:

After looking at the scene you'd never think that anyone was going to make it out of there.

Police say that hypothermia would have set in if they were found any later. The girls were reunited with their father at a local hospital. Aryanna has been released; Lylah is still being treated. Hopefully the girls will be able to use the inner strength that allowed them to survive this horrific ordeal to survive a life without mom.

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nicol... nicolemead91

omg i just wanna cry! my son is almost 3 and i cannot imagine something like this happening! god bless those childrens hearts! i cant believe that those poor innocent lil girls had to sit on the side of the road all night while their mother was dead in the car. it just makes me wanna cry. can u imagine what was going threw their lil brains? so sad.  ill be praying for this family tonight. GOD BLESS

Mamab... MamabearC

Wow.truly amazing strength and bravery in the face of such a scary tragedy. The girls and their father are in my thoughts and prayers.

nonmember avatar Shannon

What a wonderful big sister! They are going to have an amazing bond growing up. Brave little girl.

RoseL... RoseLiMom

so tragic, my daughters are the same age difference but my oldest is 2 and my youngest is 3 months. I hope that they are close like this, but never have to endure such pain

KStar... KStar1311

First off. She is a true hero. Secondly, I read multiple reports that it was 2 men on a fishing boat that discovered the wreck. Not a couple drving by. Not to be picky- I am just all about accuracy....


butte... butterflyfreak

LOL KStar1311, you must be new around here. Accuracy isn't something the writers at The Stir are known for, at all. I feel so sorry for these two girls and their father. I hope that they have family close by that will be able to help them through this terrible time.

Lola Elizabeth

I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Both of them girls. I look at them and think how lucky I am. My heart is breaking for these two little girls. God Bless them!

Robyn... RobynWolfe

I don't know what to think. I just know the bravery that little girl showed is amazing. I hope people will be sure to remind her of that as she gets older. She's one very special little lady. I'm still crying.


Nially Nially

My heart goes out to this family. What a tragedy. Good thinking on the part of that little girl. 

nonmember avatar Carolyn

I am absolutely heartbroken, tears rolling down my face, may this guardian angel that was with them during this tragedy, continue to fly above them the rest of their lives. I commend this child for her bravery, it's amazing the bond between siblings, god bless them always.

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