A medical examiner said a Virginia mother and two young boys drowned after their van hit a guardrail and flipped over, ending up in a flooded creek in July.
Courtney Ashe, 27, Ashe's son, Cameron Martin, 5, and Ashe's cousin, Jalen Sills-Russell, 9, died after a crash on a small bridge over a creek on Evergreen Mills Road in Loudoun County, Virginia, on July 28. Officials said the crash occurred during a heavy storm, resulting in flooded streets and creeks.
The Office of the Medical Examiner said the cause of death for the three was drowning and an accident.
Their bodies were found three days after they were reported missing. Relatives had been desperately searching for them, and Jalen's stepmom discovered the upside-down car. The sheriff’s department initially believed Ashe’s body was ejected from the car, but they later learned that someone pulled her out.
Ashe lived in Suffolk but grew up in Loudoun County, and was in the area for a visit. She had traveled from another relative's home in the Leesburg area with Jalen to pick up her son at her mother's house.