INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman who crashed into an east side pool last week has died, according to her family. Now, her mother is sharing a message of gratitude for the strangers who jumped into the water to try and save her daughter.
Shailenne “Shay” Gaither was driving westbound on 16th Street Thursday when she went through a fence and into a family’s pool. Bystanders, police and a firefighter jumped into the water in an effort to free Gaither from her car. Eventually, they were able to get her out. They performed CPR for 11 minutes and were able to get her pulse back.
“Those are real heroes,” said Kimberly Gaither, the victim’s mother. “I want to seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for trying. I cant express. There were so many things that went wrong but at least you tried. That, to me, means everything.”
But, Gaither’s family did not get good news at the hospital. Her mother, Kimberly Gaither, said the doctors were honest with her.
“Chances were real slim,” Kimberly Gaither said. “It wouldn’t be a life that she’s used to.”
The family said their goodbyes to Gaither Saturday. She leaves behind a 3-year-old son. Kimberly Gaither said he’s still too young to fully understand the loss of his mom.
“I will do everything in my power to keep him close to me so he never forgets who she is,” Kimberly Gaither said.
Kimberly Gaither said her daughter was an organ donor. Her heart, liver and both kidneys are going to those in need.
A college fund has been set up for Gaither’s son. To learn more, click here.
The family is still trying to get closure and understand why the man who was in the car with Gaither fled the scene instead of doing more to help.
“I can only hope that justice will be served,” Kimberly Gaither said.
Solomon Keets was the passenger. He was arrested after fleeing the scene on unrelated warrants.