9-Year-Old Survives Car Crash That Left Two Dead

| by Lauren Briggs
Street signs, intersection of SE 149th St. and Coles Ln.Street signs, intersection of SE 149th St. and Coles Ln.

A 9-year-old girl survived a fatal car accident that killed two in Oklahoma City.

News Channel 4 reports that the wreck happened Sunday night near SE 149th and west of Harrah Road, although nobody found the crashed car until the following morning.

Nearby resident Ryan Boyce said that he and his family were on their porch when they heard alarming noises that night.

“We heard a motorcycle driving by going insanely fast,” Boyce told News Channel 4.

“We hear this loud screech, a big crash, and we knew we’d heard an accident,” Boyce added.

They called police at approximately 11 p.m. Officers responded, but they did not see signs of an accident in the area, so they left.

Monday morning, the Boyce family took matters into their own hands.

“This morning, my brother couldn't shake the feeling that somebody was out there hurt, someone could be dying," Boyce said. "He drove out here by himself and found the accident and immediately called the police."

The car had veered far off the road. Investigators found the dead bodies of 29-year-old Tera Mattingly and 8-year-old Zoey Mattingly on the ground. They appeared to have been thrown from the car.

Remarkably, a 9-year-old girl survived the crash and was talking to paramedics while they rushed her to the hospital.

Boyce was thankful that his family found the wreck when they did.

“They could still by laying out there, and that little girl could be dead now," he said. "We could’ve been there at the last minutes of her saving point."

According to News 9, the girl sustained some broken bones but is expected to make a full recovery in OU Children's Hospital, although News Channel 4 reports that she remains in serious condition.

Police said that Mattingly's husband reported her missing over the weekend in the nearby city of Moore, Oklahoma.

“I’m just praying for that family whoever they are, I don’t know who they are yet, but God bless you,” Boyce said.

Authorities still do not know what caused the collision, but they are investigating.

Sources: News Channel 4, News 9
Photo Credit: News 9, WikiCommons