Public Safety

Possible charges being considered for mom whose car went into Cedar River

35-year-old woman and two sons, 1 and 12, rescued by boaters March 11

Emergency personnel from Cedar Rapids and Johnson County Emergency Management dive team oversee the recovery of a vehicle from the Cedar River at the Mohawk boat ramp in Cedar Rapids on Monday, March 26, 2018. The car was submerged Sunday evening, March 11, and the occupants, a woman and two children, were receiving medical care according to information released by the city of Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Emergency personnel from Cedar Rapids and Johnson County Emergency Management dive team oversee the recovery of a vehicle from the Cedar River at the Mohawk boat ramp in Cedar Rapids on Monday, March 26, 2018. The car was submerged Sunday evening, March 11, and the occupants, a woman and two children, were receiving medical care according to information released by the city of Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The Linn County Attorney is considering possible criminal charges against a woman who was driving a car with two of her sons inside when it plunged March 11 into the Cedar River.

Passing boaters pulled the 35-year-old woman and her 1- and 12-year-old sons from the sinking 2006 Buick Lucerne, which went into the river near the Mohawk Boat Ramp, 101 J Ave. NW.

The case was under police investigation for two months, but now has wrapped up, Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said Tuesday afternoon.

“I can confirm the Cedar Rapids Police Department has concluded their investigation and has forwarded the matter to me for determination of possible criminal charges,” he said. He declined to provide further details.

When rescue personnel arrived at Mohawk Boat Ramp about 4:45 p.m. March 11, the woman and boys were still on the boats, which rescuers had pulled onto the ramp. The woman and boys were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The woman remained in the hospital for some time and investigators had not interviewed her as of March 26, The Gazette reported. Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow would not say this week whether she’s still in the hospital, if the police had interviewed her or if her sons are in her care.

Cedar Rapids police and fire departments worked with the Johnson County Dive Team to remove the Buick from the river March 26. Although the car no longer is being held as evidence, Buelow would not say if investigators found anything in the car to indicate what had happened.

He declined to say whether the incident is being treated as accidental.

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New information Buelow provided this week includes the ages of the people involved, gender of the children and relationship between the woman and the boys.

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