Toddler dies at Cushman

17-year-old dove into Cushman to save child


A 2-year-old child died after being submerged in a car that plunged down an embankment into Lake Cushman on Monday.

“This is still under investigation and the cause is still under investigation,” MCSO Chief Criminal Deputy of Patrol Operations Ryan Spurling told the Journal. “It’s terrible. Every year, it seems like we lose one or two people up there from jumping off the rock or drownings.”

According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Declaration of Probable Cause, Christopher J. Valeta, 30, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Valeta was driving south on state R...

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