BOULDER, Colo. - The 13-year-old girl who was swept down Boulder Creek after the truck she was in plunged into the water has been identified as Sophia Dubose of Rollinsville, Colo.
Friends, family and members of the rescue crews gathered Sunday to pay their final respects to Dubose.
The accident happened at 4:45 p.m. Saturday just west of Sugarloaf Road in Boulder Canyon.
Investigators say two vehicles were traveling eastbound in the Canyon when the first vehicle stopped suddenly to avoid hitting a bear.
“The truck tried to avoid the accident, it rear-ended the [first] vehicle, and that caused it to go into the creek,” said Cmdr. Steve Cullen, of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl's father and sister were also in the truck Saturday but were able to get out of the creek.
First Responders from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services, Boulder Police Dept., University of Colorado Police Dept., Colorado State Patrol, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Sugarloaf Fire, Four Mile Fire, Boulder Fire, Boulder Emergency Squad, Longmont Emergency Unit, AMR Ambulance, North Colorado Med Evac and Front Range Rescue Dogs all joined in the search along a six mile stretch of Boulder Creek.
When they found Dubose, she was rushed to Boulder Community Hospital, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.
The truck was left in the water overnight because of safety concerns about removing it, but was removed Sunday afternoon.