'No matter what you always go to heaven, and she's looking after us'

'No matter what you always go to heaven, and she's looking after us'
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Family members are still trying to cope with the loss of 4-year-old Pearl Sittner who was killed back on August 9th when the SUV she was in went off the road and into the Arrowrock Reservoir.

Her family was heading up for a day of swimming. They were on a windy road when a car came around the corner and the driver had to swerve in order to miss it. The back of the SUV started to skid and the front tires went over the ledge down a seep embankment. Somehow the car stopped halfway down and as everyone started jumping out of the car Pearl's mother Tori Miller tried to open the back door but it was locked.

"I screamed at her to unlock the door, and then I tried to reach in and get the door handle and at that time the car slid," Miller said. "We just slid down the hill after the car and by the time we got to the bottom it was already under water."

Tori and her fiance kept trying to dive down to save her, but the car was too deep to reach. Miller said she doesn't know how anyone survived the crash, and is still trying to deal with the loss of her child.

"I keep looking for someone to blame but there is just no explanation for it."

One thing Miller would like to see is more guardrails along the roadway. She thinks if there was one along that stretch they would have not gone over the edge.

During this hard time Tori said she is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the community. Tori says her other daughter and Pearls big sister Rayne has been especially strong during this hard time.

"No matter what you always go up to heaven and she is always looking after us," Rayne said. "She is probably having a lot of fun right now and we can always see her in our dreams."

A memorial fund has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses if you would like to donate you can visit Pearlmemorial.blogspot.com