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Michigan mother dies after pushing her 2-year-old daughter out of an out-of-control car during a drag race

From Sgt. Joy Matthew

Kadie Price pushed her daughter out of harm’s way before she was hit by an out-of-control vehicle on Sunday.


A Michigan mother died Sunday after pushing her 2-year-old daughter from an out-of-control car during a drag racing event, police said.

Kadie Price, 33, was a spectator at the race event, which took place at the Silver Lake State Park Sand Dunes in western Oceana County, Michigan.

A Jeep CJ lost control and drove out of the race area before hitting a stationary vehicle, Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast told CNN. That vehicle then crashed into Price – seconds after she safely pushed her daughter out of the way.

Her husband, Charlie Price — a deputy with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office in Grand Rapids — was also nearly struck, Mast said.

According to Mast, the driver of the Jeep cooperated and underwent a blood test. Investigators have also been able to collect “good” witness statements, photos of onlookers and digital evidence – all of which will be sent to prosecutors.

“Please keep the Price family in your prayers,” Mast said.

A GiveSendGo fundraiser has been set up by Charlie Price’s colleague, Sgt. Joy Matthews, to “celebrate Kadie’s life and final act of heroism and support the children as they navigate life without her.”

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, just over $60,000 has been donated. All money raised will go directly to the Price family, according to the fundraising page.

“We want our community to unite and show unwavering support for the family,” the fundraiser said.

Silver Lake State Park Sand Dunes is a popular destination for its 450-acre all-terrain vehicle park, about 80 miles from Grand Rapids.

With nearly 2,000 acres of sand dunes along Lake Michigan, the park is the only sand dune riding area east of the Mississippi, according to the Michigan State Natural Resources website.

CNN’s Kaila Nichols and Ryan Bergeron contributed to this report.