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Woman Dies in River After Celebrating 21st Birthday

A Florida woman who had been out celebrating her 21st birthday died when her car crashed and fell into a river.

The body of Carly Bowie was pulled from the Tomoka River around 3:20 p.m. on Dec. 21, not far from where her pickup truck was found wrecked in the river, about 7 1/2 miles south of her home in Ormond Beach, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Her mother, Donna Bowie, reported her daughter missing on a night Carly had been out partying with some of her Seabreeze High School friends to celebrate her 21st birthday, the Daily Mail reports.

Donna last heard from her daughter at around 5:15 a.m. when she called to let them know she was about 10 minutes away from arriving home.

"They were all at a friend's house. It was a bunch of friends she had not seen since high school," Donna said.

Carly had recently started working at her family's flooring company.

"She was a fantastic young woman," Donna said. "This is a tragedy."

Police officers say her pickup truck failed to clear a curve before crashing into a guardrail and bouncing off the rail three times.

The vehicle then crossed the southbound lane, collided against the wall of a bridge to land in the river beneath.

The pickup truck was submerged in 10 feet of water but Carly's body was not inside, police stated.

Police combed the water after receiving a report the vehicle was in the river. Officials believe Carly was traveling at a speed of 60 mph in a 35 mph area when she had the accident.

An autopsy will be performed to determine if alcohol played a role in Carly's death. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Daytona Beach News-Journal / Photo credit: Bowie Family via Daily Mail

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