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Mother leaves daughter, 11, in car as she plunges 55 feet to her death off busy traffic bridge to land on frozen-over lake
07:20 GMT, 30 December 2012
A Wisconsin mother left her 11-year-old daughter in the car as she jumped to her death off a busy traffic bridge to land on the frozen-over lake below.
Molly Crumley, 48, of River Falls, pulled onto the shoulder of eastbound I-94 on the St. Croix River bridge at around 8.30am on Thursday, during morning rush hour.
According to witnesses, she then
exited her vehicle, leaving her young daughter inside, climbed over the
railing and threw herself off.
Tragic: Molly Crumley, 48, of River Falls, died when she jumped of the eastbound I-94 bridge
The woman is believed to have died on impact, when she hit the ice-covered lake.
St. Croix County Sheriff's Department recovered her body from the ice using an air boat.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the bridge is 55 feet above the water at its highest point.
Crumley's 11-year-old daughter, who hasn't been identified, witnesses the horrific tragedy and is now in the care of relatives.
Shocking: Crumley's 11-year-old daughter was in the vehicle while her mother jumped off the bridge, pictured
Sad: It is unclear why Crumley, pictured, decided to end her life on Thursday morning
According to Crumley's Facebook, she has at least one other daughter.
St. Croix County Sheriff's Department were assisted by Washington County sheriff's office and other local fire and rescue crews.
It is unclear what drove Crumley to jump off the bridge.
Police are still investigating the incident.