By Calvin Palmer
A seven-year-old girl drove the family vehicle three miles to get help after a rollover crash killed her father, police said today.
Elizabeth Kazza took the wheel after the vehicle went off a highway in New Mexico, rolled over and came to rest in a field in Curry County on Saturday night, state police Capt Jimmy Glascock said.
Her father Guillermo Montes, 40, of Bovina, Texas, was speeding and his Jeep Cherokee failed to make a turn. He was thrown out of the vehicle.
Realizing her father was dead, Elizabeth drove for about three miles until a passing motorist spotted her, Glascock said.
“It took a lot of courage,” he said. “It’s remarkable anybody could drive after something like that.”
Police found Montes dead at the scene of the accident.
Elizabeth and her four-year-old brother were treated for minor injuries at Plains Regional Medical Center.
She told officers that her father was driving back from Clovis, 25 miles from their home, having been there to get beer when the crash occurred.
Police believe alcohol played a part in the crash. Beer bottles were found at the scene.
Glascock said that Elizabeth and her younger brother said their father was drinking while driving.