Little girl survives plane crash that killed her entire family & walks to get help
A small plane crashed in Lyon County, Kentucky on Friday night and sadly killed four people, but left only one survivor. Mom, 45-year-old Kimberly Gutzler, dad, 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, their daughter, 9-year-old Piper and their cousin, 14-year-old Sierra Walder, died in the horrific crash that occurred after engine failure when the family was traveling back to Nashville, Illinois from their Key West, Florida New Years vacation. The only survivor? The Gutzlers' 7-year-old daughter, whose name is not being released out of respect for the family.
But the little girl was not only faced with the worst thing anyone could ever experience: seeing the dead bodies of her parents, big sister and cousin, she was forced to act. And act she did.
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The little girl walked almost a mile in the dark and the cold of the woods of Kuttawa, Kentucky to try to get help. Amazingly, she came upon the trailer home of 71-year-old Larry Wilkins, who says the 7-year-old was disoriented, bloody and wearing only one sock. "She told me when she got here, her mom and dad were dead," he said. "She asked if she could stay here. I said, 'Honey, what can I do for you?' I got a wash cloth and cleaned her up."
Wilkins immediately called 911 and alerted them that there had been a plane crash in the area and that he was with the only survivor. The Good Samaritan said that the little girl was so shaken up, "we couldn't understand much of what she said." Pobrecita. According to NBC News, the wreckage of the small plane and the bodies of four people were recovered later in a heavily wooded area of that Kentucky county, state police said. Flight controllers had lost touch with the small plane at about 5:55 p.m. local time. The little girl was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to CNN, the little girl also asked Wilkins to go to the hospital with her, but because he wasn't a family member, he could not go; she was released from the hospital this morning, CNN reports.
It's truly amazing that this little girl--to me, still a baby--was able to muster up the energy and the courage to venture out on her own after witnessing the death of her entire family. My heart breaks for her, but I'm also in awe. I'm in awe that she found it within herself to walk almost a MILE to get for help. How did she know what to do in that moment? I'm sure her parents talked to her about what to do in these time of emergencies. I just hope she gets the help she needs to get over this incredible trauma.