Eyewitness saves toddler from fatal car crash into Nimishillen Creek in Canton

Dad, baby dead after crash

CANTON, Ohio - A man who spotted a car tumble nearly 100 feet from a highway bridge into a creek may have saved a toddler's life.

Bruno Gregg rescued 15-month-old Emelyn Guthrie from a 200 Chevy Tracker after it veered off a bridge on the ramp to I-77 SB  from U.S. 30, falling into Nimishillen Creek below.

24-year-old Paul T. Guthrie of Dennison, Ohio and his 3-month-old daughter Gabriella died in the crash. Emelyn's mother Kymberlie Guthrie, who was also in the car, was listed in critical condition Thursday at Akron General Medical Center.

Gregg was driving by when saw sparks and then witnessed the car flying off the road.

He told NewsChannel5 he immediately parked his car, jumped over the embankment and ran down the hill to help without a second thought. When he reached the car, he cut Emelyn out of her car seat with a knife. 

He said that Kymberlie Guthrie told him she had two babies, but he could only find Emelyn.

Gabriella and Kymberlie Guthrie were rescued from the creek by Canton police officers and firefighters. Gabriella was taken to Akron Children's Hospital and later died.

Emelyn was listed in stable condition at Akron Children's Thursday.

Susan Schreiber, who lives next door the Guthrie family in Dennison, said the parents were "down-to earth people" proud of their two daughters.

"It's hard to find the right words at a time like that, just that they find strength in the family they still have," Schreiber said.

Tina Contina worked with Paul Guthrie at the Little Caesar's in New Philadelphia before he left to take a factory job.

"Paul Guthrie always put family first and he was a great... It was very tragic when I heard about it this morning. Tears flew out of my eyes," Contina said.

Several police officers were treated for exposure from being in the water, Canton Police said.

A dog also went missing from the crash, the Tuscarawas County Humane Society said. Aspen is a 4-year-old white American bulldog and pit bull mix wearing a red harness. It's believed he could have swum and is on a bank south of the site of the crash.




If you believe you've seen Aspen, please call 330-343-6060.

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