A Forest Park man was operating a pickup truck recklessly on Sept. 30 when it plunged into a Fairfield pond and he was killed along with his daughter, according to a police report released today.
Morance D. Harrison Sr., 35, and his daughter, Nena Harrison, 6, died after Harrison Sr. crashed his red pickup truck into a pond Villages of Wildwood off Ross Road in Fairfield. Also in the truck was his son, 4-year-old Morance Harrison Jr., who survived the crash.
According to the accident report, “(The truck) was operating in a reckless manner on a golf course at 5877 Ross Road when it lost control and became immersed in a pond.
Police said in the report Harrison Sr. “pulled one passenger to land and then re-entered the water to look for the other passenger. The driver and the second passenger drowned as a result.”
Police said Harrison Sr. was seen driving his pickup truck around the grass and pond in the late afternoon at the Fairfield apartment complex and “doing donuts.” Police dispatched an officer to the area after a 911 call, but did not find the truck, described as a red dual cab Ford.
About 90 minutes after that call, a child called 911 after the truck was sinking in the pond. The child said Harrison Sr. brought his son to the surface and then went back under to get his daughter.
“She always wanted to be with them,” said Rufus Harrison, Morance Harrison’s grandfather, who added that Nena Harrison was a daddy’s girl.
He said Morance Harrison took his kids to the park and local school to play basketball.
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