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Infant, dad survive after being thrown from car

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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 12:41 pm | Updated: 8:47 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

TUCSON - An infant ejected from her father's rolling car survived a night in near-freezing temperatures before authorities found the wreck and her pinned-in father Tuesday morning, officials said.

The 1-year-old girl was thrown from Jesse Gowin's car when he lost control on Interstate 10 near Benson late Monday night, Department of Public Safety officer Joy Craig said.

Gowin, 38, of Tucson, was trapped in the car and his daughter Casey Gowin was about 25 feet away when DPS officers discovered the accident at about 7:15 a.m., Craig said.

"She'd been out all night and it had gotten pretty cold," Craig said. Temperatures in Sierra Vista, about 25 miles south of the accident site, dipped to 37 degrees overnight.

Both father and daughter are expected to survive. They were flown to a Tucson hospital, and Casey was admitted to the intensive care unit.

An infant car seat was found, but it is unclear if it was being used properly, Craig said.

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