WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Rose Lodge area woman who wrecked car in a river with kids fails probation: Sent to prison for 18 months.

Amber Gandy and her wrecked car

The woman who wrecked her car near Rose Lodge in 2009, sending it into a Widow Creek upside with her kids in it, has failed her probation and has been sentenced to 18 months in state prison. Her husband will care for the children who survived the ordeal. Amber Gandy was found to be highly intoxicated behind the wheel.

Amber Gandy recently failed drug tests showing she had used marijuana and a prescription pain killer without a prescription. She was immediately re-jailed and later stood before the judge and got the year and a half in prison with no chance of early release.

Those who discovered Gandy’s car in the river just happened to be driving along that lonely stretch of road 12 miles east of Lincoln City in November of 2009. A passenger in a another car noticed wheel marks in the grass and mud that led over and down the embankment. They stopped, backed up and spotted Gandy’s jeep upside down in the cold rushing creek below. They and others managed to pull Gandy and two of her children from the car. But on the bank Gandy started yelling that there was another child inside. Rescuers dove under the water again to find her half-year old son still strapped to his car seat. When they finally pulled him out, he was not breathing. But as with cold water and young children, they can be underwater a long time and still survive, as did her son. But not until being helicoptered to a trauma center in Portland. The child was eventually released and was reported by doctors to be just fine and that he would lead a normal life.

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