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10-year-old Ephrata boy was learning to drive during fatal crash

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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 2:02 am

EPHRATA – Scott Kolves’ 10-year-old son was learning to drive from his father when their pickup left the road and went into an irrigation canal.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office released additional information regarding the fatal crash near Summer Falls Dam, near Coulee City on March 30.

A father and sons’ fishing trip turned tragic as the truck plunged into a fast moving flow of water roughly 30 feet deep, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Scott (Kolves) was in the passenger seat. When he realized they were in trouble he grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to keep the vehicle on the canal road,” stated Sheriff Tom Jones. “The truck ended up in the canal.’

Scott Kolves and his three sons were able to escape the pickup truck. His 10-year-old son and his 12-year-old son were pulled from the canal by Cameron Cox and Mike Miller, who were fishing near the crash site.

His 8-year-old son Korey Kolves, a second-grade student at Columbia Ridge Elementary School in Ephrata, was pulled from the water by a Grant County sheriff’s deputy and a state Department of Fish and Wildlife officer. The boy was taken to Samaritan hospital where he later died.

“The past eight days have been incredibly difficult for the family of Scott Kolves and Korey Kolves. Eight-year-old Korey’s funeral was held Saturday and was attended by over 250 people from all across the area,” stated Jones. “It was sad, but it was also a beautiful tribute to a much-loved young boy.”

Authorities have not located the 45-year-old Ephrata father’s body and presume he died in the water.

Scott Kolves worked at the Ephrata School District for 14 years in security and worked with special needs children at Ephrata High School.

“Scott (Kolves) loved his sons. Everybody we talk to lets us know how much he loved his sons. Spending time with them – especially fishing – was the highlight of his life. Scott’s last outing was centered on the love for his sons and enjoying time with them,” stated Jones.  “There are no criminal charges. This was an accident.”

Jones asked the Grant County community to support the family that lost a father and a son.

“I again ask the community to refrain from any judgment and to please focus on supportive behavior for the Kolves family. Please care for the survivors and help them heal from this awful accident.” Jones stated. 


MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF TOM JONES:

“The past eight days have been incredibly difficult for the family of Scott Kolves and Korey Kolves. Eight-year-old Korey’s funeral was held Saturday and was attended by over 250 people from all across the area. It was sad, but it was also a beautiful tribute to a much-loved young boy.

Sadly, as of yet, and in spite of many continued attempts by several agencies, including sheriff's deputies going up and searching the canal while off duty, we have not been able to recover Scott’s body from the canal above Summer Falls. We all wish we would have found him by now to help bring this chapter to a close for the Kolves family.

The recovery of Scott’s body would officially bring the Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigation to a close, at which time we would be able to release the results of the investigation. There are some details which I can share now. These details help shed light on what happened on March 30. By sharing this information, I am asking the public to remember the Kolves family and to continue to focus on supporting them cope with this terrible tragedy. This is not the time for criticism or unkind comments. This is a time for understanding, accepting, and helping a grieving community.

A rumor which had circulated after the accident was that one of the children was driving the truck when it went into the canal. Late last week, Traffic Unit investigators did determine, through interviews and supporting evidence at the scene that Scott’s 10-year-old son was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.

Scott was out with his boys for a fishing trip, and during his time with his sons, he was going to teach his son how to drive. Scott was in the passenger seat. When he realized they were in trouble he grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to keep the vehicle on the canal road. The truck ended up in the canal. Two nearby fishermen, Cameron Cox and Mike Miller, saw the truck go into the canal and rushed to help, rescuing the 10-year-old and Scott’s 12-year-old son. Scott and Korey were swept downstream. Korey was pulled from the canal by a sheriff’s deputy and a state Fish and Wildlife officer, and Korey later died at Samaritan Hospital. We hope and pray for the soonest recovery of Scott’s body.

Scott loved his sons. Everybody we talk to lets us know how much he loved his sons. Spending time with them – especially fishing – was the highlight of his life. Scott’s last outing was centered on the love for his sons and enjoying time with them. There are no criminal charges. This was an accident.

I again ask the community to refrain from any judgment and to please focus on supportive behavior for the Kolves family. Please care for the survivors and help them heal from this awful accident.”

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  • kdepew posted at 4:23 pm on Mon, Apr 7, 2014.

    kdepew Posts: 1

    Can you please post information on how the public can contribute to this family? Has an account been set up at a local bank for donations?