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10-Year-Old Boy Behind The Wheel In Fatal Crash

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file photo of an irrigation canal (photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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(CBS Seattle) — A 10-year-old Ephrata boy was learning to drive with his father when the pick-up truck they were in plunged off the road into an irrigation canal March 30.

Scott Kolves and his three sons, ages 12, 10 and 8 were on a fishing trip; they were all in the truck when the accident happened near Summer Falls Dam near Coulee City, according to iFiber One News.

The Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said Kolves was in the passenger seat of the truck teaching his 10-year-old son to drive and tried to grab the wheel to keep the truck on the road. The rushing water was about 30 feet deep where the truck crashed. Officials say the 10-year-old and 12-year-old were pulled from the canal by to two fisherman. The 8-year-old, Korey, was swept farther downstream. He was pulled from the water, but died later at the hospital. Authorities have not found 45-year-old Scott Kolves’ body; it’s presumed he died in the water. Jones said the investigation will be closed when the father’s body is recovered.

Korey’s funeral was held Saturday and attended by 250 people, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. In a statement, Jones asked the community not to judge the family, saying, “This is not the time for criticism or unkind comments. This is a time for understanding, accepting, and helping a grieving community.”

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