Thursday, August 4, 2011
Did Woman's Ghost Save Her Son?
SURVIVOR OF CALIFORNIA DRAMA HAS FAMILY HERE
Post-Tribune (IN) - June 16, 1994
Lawrence Skubish knew his 25-year-old daughter Christine was missing for days in California.
A national newscast showing the mangled wreckage of her car told Skubish she was dead.
"The report said they had found her car all mangled up and it said she didn't live," Skubish said from his Portage Township home. "It was like a nightmare just unfolded all of a sudden."
Christine Skubish 's death made national news this week because her 3-year- old son, Nick , Lawrence Skubish 's grandson, survived the drive off a 40- foot cliff and lived for five days before being rescued.
"Thank God little Nicky is alive," Skubish said. "I put trust in the good Lord and we will do what we must to go on."
Christine Skubish attended Portage High School from January 1986 to December 1987. She also attended Ivy Tech in Gary and Valparaiso, Skubish said. Christine was a partner in a Merrillville business called Nails on Broadway for about a year before moving to California, he said.
"She was such a good girl," Skubish recalled. "She wanted to go to law school."
Christine and Nick were last seen June 6 in Placerville, Calif., El Dorado County Sheriff Lt. Howard Wilson said.
On June 9, a motorist traveling the winding and mountainous U.S. 50 through the El Dorado National Forest claims to have seen the figure of a pale white, naked woman laying curled on the road, Wilson said. Police searched the area and found nothing, Wilson said.
The next morning, Deputy Richard Strasser, who pieced together the last hours of Christine 's life, drove to the area where the motorist reported the naked figure and saw a baby's shoe nearby.
"There was nothing else there to indicate an accident, no skid marks or anything," Wilson said.
At the bottom of the cliff were the motionless bodies of Christine and Nick Skubish . The 3-year-old was alive, but scratched, dehydrated and malnourished, Wilson said. He has since has been released from the hospital, Wilson said.
Police say it appears Christine fell asleep at the wheel and drove off the road.
A memorial service for Christine and a trust fund for Nick are being arranged.
[Cullan's note] According to an interview with Strasser by Sue Kovach, author of Hidden Files, it seemed like the boy had at one point released his seatbelt, crawled from the vehicle, and stripped himself bare--perhaps because of the heat of the day. This is evidenced by several factors, not the least of which were the poison oak burns on his body from a nearby plant. It is possible that it was the boy who climbed up to the road to be spotted by the motorist. If so, it's hard to reconcile the witnesses report of a naked woman at the side of the road.