The body of a 28-year-old East Moline woman was found inside a car pulled from the Mississippi River early Monday morning in Moline.
The name of the victim was not released pending notification of relatives.
"It's a tragic, tragic thing that this family is having to go through," said Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson. The woman is believed to have been driving at a high rate of speed on River Drive in Moline and lost control of the vehicle, he said.
A patrol officer noticed tail lights bobbing in the water about 3:30 a.m., and divers retrieved the red four-door car, which had one occupant inside, Detective Scott Williams said at the scene.
About 9:30 a.m. Monday, the vehicle was loaded onto the back of a tow truck across from Butterworth Condominiums at 4412 River Drive, Moline. Its front bumper lay haphazardly across the rocky banks of the Mississippi, but the vehicle appeared to have sustained little additional external damage.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.