A 12-year-old girl returning home from the theater with her family was killed over the weekend in St. Louis when their car became engulfed in a powerful flash flood.
Aaleya Carter was cruising with her family near St. Louis International Airport around 1.30 a.m. when their car was pushed into a concrete storm train.
She was washed away by the currents, according to investigators, and her body was discovered hours later in a nearby creek, less than a mile north of the airport.
On Wednesday, she had just celebrated her 12th birthday.
“This vehicle attempted to go in the water and attempted a u-turn and go back up Airflight road to avoid the flooded roadway,” a Missouri State Police spokesman said.
“As they turned in the water, the current swept the vehicle off the roadway and into that concrete drain opening.”
If you would like to help with Aaleya Carter’s funeral services, here’s a link to the family’s GoFundMe.