Authorities identify woman, child found dead in submerged vehicle

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ROXANA, Ill. – A Wood River woman and her son died Tuesday after their vehicle left the roadway and crashed in a pond in Roxana.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, a passerby called 911 just before 6:40 p.m. to report that he’d seen headlights in a body of water near the intersection of Wanda and Wagon Wheel roads.

The victims were identified as 34-year-old Ashley Maynard and 7-year-old Vincent Maynard.

Numerous agencies responded to help retrieve and tow the vehicle out of the frigid water.

While there was no indication that this was anything other than an accident, authorities said the investigation was still ongoing.

Dr. Jason Henderson, superintendent of the Edwardsville School District 7, released the following statement:

“District 7 is saddened by the news of this tragedy. Vince was a first-grade student at LeClaire Elementary. We have qualified staff available for those students and staff in need of support. We extend our sincerest condolences to Vince’s family and friends.”

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