DEVINE, Texas (PIX11) — The father of the Texas homecoming queen who died in a flood on her way home from prom, says she called him for help as her car was “tipping.”
Tomas Ramirez told NBC News that moments before 18-year-old Alyssa Ramirez drowned when her car was swept away in a flash flood Sunday, she called him in a panic at 2:45 a.m.
“She wakes me up and I say, ‘Honey, what’s going on?” Tomas Ramirez said, fighting back tears.
“She says, ‘Dad, what do I do? My car has been in the water. What do I do? What do I do?”
The grieving father said he told Alyssa to back the car up, but she said, “I can’t, Dad. The car’s tipping.”
That call was the last time Ramirez spoke to her.
“I never got to talk to her again,” he said.
Alyssa tried calling 911, but by the time police arrived, it was too late.
Alyssa was due to graduate from high school in a week and was a popular student. She served as student council president, a cheerleader and an volleyball player.
Emergency responders found her body a day later. They said Alyssa had a smile on her face, a fact that brought comfort to her family.
The massive flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to 21 deaths and 10 are still missing. The heavy downpour is expected to continue pummeling Central Texas.