FAIRFIELD, Ohio (FOX19) - Fairfield police have released body cam video from when a father and his daughter died after a truck crashed into an apartment complex pond Monday night.
The video shows an officer getting into an ambulance to speak to a man who tried to rescue the little girl after her father was unable to.
Police say 35-year-old Morance Harrison was driving erratically with his 6-year-old daughter Nena and her 4-year-old brother in the pickup truck.
A witness said Harrison was speeding and driving next to the pond before his truck went into the water.
Witnesses say Harrison was able to get his son to the shore, but when he went back to rescue his daughter, he went underwater and did not resurface.
The woman who lost the father of her children and her daughter said she wakes up crying and goes to sleep crying.
“I want to remember them as they were. Fun-loving, wanting to be around everyone. Wanting to just have fun. Love their family... be with their family,” Naomi Holcomb said. “I don’t want to have the bad images in my head. Going over and over and over.”
Holcomb said she had just gotten home when police came to her door and told her what happened.
“Honestly I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t hear me. I broke down I was screaming. I couldn’t even get up. My sister comes running and the detective comes trying to get me up off the ground,” she said.
Holcomb said the idea of her children being in that water still haunts her.
“I replay this every day just thinking about both of them. Just thinking about that water, just thinking about how scared they all must have been. Knowing that something tragic could happen or will happen. Knowing that I wasn’t there to comfort either one of them hurts my soul so bad,” she said.
The Butler County Coroner has listed the cause of deaths as accidental drownings.
Police have not said why Harrison was driving so recklessly, but they do not believe he intentionally tried to hurt himself or his children.