10-year-old Called a Hero After Leading Police to Scene of Boat Crash That Killed Her Father

Texas authorities are calling a young girl a hero after she called 911 and led police to the location where her family was involved in a fatal boating collision, despite her own injuries. The crash, which happened on Lake Conroe Tuesday night, killed the girl's father, 39-year-old Jason Clark, and left her mother with severe injuries, reports KHOU-TV. The 10-year-old girl, who has not been identified, suffered minor injuries.The girl and her parents were on an anchored bass boat when they were hit by another boat that was heading into the marina to make a fishing tournament weigh-in deadline, according to KHOU-TV. The two men in the other boat were not injured.Authorities said the girl was on the boat with her wounded and unresponsive father when she called police for help. Her mother had been tossed into the lake during the crash.With her clear directions and details, authorities said the girl guided them right to the crash in the dark and help them know what to prepare for when they got to the scene. "Her information was critical," said Constable Phillip Cash with Montgomery County Precinct 1. "She even used her light on her phone as a beacon." Clark was declared dead at the scene and his wife, after being rescued from the water, was taken to the Conroe Regional Trauma Center in critical condition. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is investigating the fatal crash and said it is not clear what caused the collision. Clark and his family were wearing flotation vests and both boats were well-lit. There have been 19 boating-related deaths in Texas so far this year. Last month a father and his 4-year-old daughter were killed after being run over by a house boat on Lake Belton.   Continue reading...

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