Riggins, ID

Teen Fell Asleep Behind Wheel and Drove Off Cliff Killing Family of Four in Tragic Accident

Yana Bostongirl

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In a tragic incident, a family of four from Idaho was killed in a crash when their vehicle plummeted off a cliff and into the Salmon River. Local fishermen later located the partially submerged vehicle but by then it was too late for the occupants.

According to reports, the family of four was making the 274-mile drive from Spokane to Council in Idaho to see an elderly family member in hospice care when the crash happened: "Divorced dad Calvin Miller, 36, was taking his three kids — Dakota, 17, Jack, 10, and Delilah, 8 — to see their grandfather in hospice care on Saturday when their vehicle plummetted 30 feet into the Salmon River north of the city of Riggins."

The ensuing investigation suggests that 17-year-old Dakota might have fallen asleep behind the wheel as a result of fatigue from the long drive. The vehicle went off the highway and struck some rocks before going airborne and landing upside down in the river below.

The family is believed to have drowned to death when water filled the car via a broken window.

Zella Blair, the mother of Jack and Delilah, was distraught when she was informed by Miller's current partner, Amberlynn Weber, as this excerpt explains: “I don’t know if I can get used to them not coming through the door after school and yelling for me again,” she said. "They were huge. They were my whole life. I feel really bad for Amber though because she did lose all four people of her household,” she said. “Even though they weren’t her blood kids, she was always really great to them.”

Per reports, GoFundMe pages have been set up to help cover the funeral expenses for the deceased.

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