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River Des Peres accident leaves infant dead, father critical

by Laurie Waters

KMOV.com

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Today I learned more about the young father who remains hospitalized after yesterday's terrible accident.  His car ran into the swollen River Des Peres.  Rescuers got to the father barely in time, but not to the infant in the child seat.  (They didn't know he was there)  That is something the civilian rescuer feels so sorry for, although there is no way to know if the 7 month old would have survived even if he had been pulled out before the father.   That civilian, and the police officer who went into the water are heroes.

Now, loved ones wait and hope at the hospital for Keven Payne to recover.  I can't imagine the pain his financee and mother of his child feels.  It is such a mystery why a young, apparently healthy man would go into the water like that - did he pass out, have a medical emergency?  We may never know.  I do know everyone I talked to today described a loving father who doted on his baby and his wife-to-be.

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