Girl who survived fatal crash released from hospital

Published: Dec. 5, 2016 at 3:14 PM EST
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A girl who survived a fatal crash in Clay County has been released from the hospital.

9-year-old Mylee Murphy was transported to the Manchester Memorial Hospital and later flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She was released on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened sometime Sunday night, but police weren't called until around 10 a.m. Monday. Kentucky State Police received a report of a vehicle submerged and upside down in a creek.

34-year-old Chasity Murphy, Mylee's mother, died in the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner’s Office.

According to KSP, Murphy lost control of her vehicle, dropped off the roadway, and traveled about 100 feet over an embankment before overturning in the creek.

Friends say Murphy was a special woman. "I think she was loved by everybody that met her," said Verdia Callahan, a friend of Murphy. "She just had such an impact on you. She was smiling and always happy, just a very strong, family, Christian lady."

A passing driver, Lee Roy Couch, stopped to look at the crash scene and found Murphy's daughter, 9-year-old Mylee Murphy, over an embankment.

Mylee was riding with her mother at the time of the collision. Mylee survived the collision and escaped out of the vehicle, swam across the creek, and climbed up the embankment to try to get help.

She later fell asleep on the side of the road until she was located by Couch the next morning.

"I lifted her over the guardrail, and asked her what happened," said Couch. "She said 'My mommy wrecked and I climbed out the window.'"

Couch does not believe it was a coincidence that he and his wife pulled off when they did and found Mylee.

"No, no. God works miracles. There was just one spot where I could see the car, and that spot was where the kid was standing down the hill. You couldn't see her from the parkway. She was standing over the hill from the parkway," said Couch.