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UPDATE: 10-Year-Old Boy Was Learning To Drive In Fatal Rollover That Killed Father & Brother

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UPDATE: EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) - Grant County sheriff's detectives have determined that a 10-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that crashed into a canal south of Coulee City, killing his father and 8-year-old brother.

The sheriff's office says Scott Kolves was teaching his 10-year-old son to drive when they were on a fishing trip March 30. The man grabbed the wheel when the boy had trouble but couldn't prevent the truck from leaving the canal road.

Nearby fishermen saved the 10-year-old and his 12-year-old brother. Eight-year-old Korey Kolves was found downstream and could not be revived. His funeral was Saturday.

iFIBER One News reports authorities are still looking for Scott Kolves' body.

The 45-year-old worked as a security guard at Ephrata High School and also worked with special needs children.

UPDATE: EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) - Grant County authorities are searching a canal south of Coulee City for the body of an Ephrata man who presumably died in a crash into the water while he was out fishing with his three sons.

Witnesses reported seeing Scott Kolves get out of his pickup truck with his three sons Sunday afternoon as it flipped in the fast-moving water.

Nearby fishermen pulled his 10- and 12-year-old sons out of the water. The body of 8-year-old Korey Kolves was found about an hour later five miles downstream and he could not be revived.

iFIBER One News reports (http://bit.ly/1iVHSQZ ) the 45-year-old Kolves worked as a security guard at Ephrata High School and also worked with special needs children.


Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies, Fish and Wildlife Agents, and the United Statues Bureau of Reclamation Personnel searched the canal south of Coulee City for hours Monday looking for the body of the father who was in the car with his three sons when they crashed into the canal Sunday afternoon.

“They were out for a day of fishing,” said Grant County Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo. “I know on a personal level that they enjoy fishing and Scott [the father] enjoys time with his three boys and that's what they were doing yesterday.”

The stretch along the canal where the crash happened is a very popular fishing area for people who live nearby. However, around 3:00 p.m. Sunday, the fishing trip for a father and his three sons turned into a dangerous situation.

Right now, it is unclear how the car ended up in the canal, but the swift moving water made it difficult for everyone to be rescued. Other fishermen nearby heard the car go into the water and quickly drove down stream to help.

“The witnesses were able to save the two oldest children, but they couldn't get to the father and the other child before they went under the surface,” Ponozzo said.

The 10 and 12-year-old boys were pulled out of the water and taken to the hospital. They have both since been released. However, the 8-year-old boy was found five miles down the canal from where the car crashed into the water.

“We brought him to shore after a deputy and Fish and Wildlife Agent jumped into the water,” Ponozzo said. “Using the buoys to draw him back to the land, we brought him back to shore and attempted CPR for quite some time before he was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake.”

Although rescuers did everything they could to try to resuscitate the 8-year-old, they were not able to save him. Crews searched all day for the father, but so far have not been able to find him.

The water level of the canal was lowered so a dive team could safely search the area without being pushed down stream by the current. Along with the dive team, there were also deputies and Fish and Wildlife Agents positioned along the five-mile stretch of the canal, and even a plane flying above, but so far nothing has turned up.

While crews will continue to search daily until he is found, those in the Ephrata community are grieving the loss of two people well known and loved.

“I know that Scott is an employee of the Ephrata School District,” Ponozzo said. “He has been employed there for quite some time and is very involved with the kids, not only his kids, but the kids at the school district and he is a very loved individual in the school district.”

Deputies say several people from the school were at the hospital last night and that the two boys who did survive are struggling to deal with what happened.

“Obviously pretty sad they lost a brother and we can’t find dad, so the boys are having a pretty rough time right now.”

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