It was a rough year for Parker young people as three of them were killed in a pair of fatal accidents. On Sunday, July 14, sisters Anna and Claudia Snyder drowned when they fell into a canal near Bluewater Lagoon. On Saturday, Dec. 14, a small boy was killed when he was struck by a vehicle prior to a parade in downtown Parker.
The drowning incident occurred on the Colorado River Indian Reservation. According to the CRIT Police Department, Anna, 15, and Claudia, 17, slipped and fell into the main canal of the Colorado River Irrigation Project at 8:48 a.m. Sunday, July 14. The location was in the area of Bluewater Lagoon and California Avenue. Their bodies were recovered that afternoon.
The CRIT PD did not release any official statement on the accident until almost a week after it had happened. When they did release a statement, they did not include the girls’ names. After offering their condolences to the family and thanking the other entities involved, they stated they would be providing no further information to the public on the incident.
Comments, rumors and speculation on the incident were rampant on local social media before the official statement was released. This was in spite of pleas from site administrators and the family that people refrain from engaging in such activity until the CRIT PD released an official statement.
Local social media was also filled with condolences for the family and tributes to Anna and Claudia.
The accident Dec. 14 occurred just before the start of Soroptimist International of Parker’s Parade of Lights, a very popular Christmas season that’s held in the evening in downtown Parker. A five-year-old boy, a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, was struck by a vehicle that was backing up in the parking area of Wells Fargo Bank, which is along the parade route on Joshua Avenue.
The boy later died from his injuries.
Some other safety issues have been raised about the parade. Officials from Soroptimist International of Parker and the Town of Parker have said they will be looking closely at ways to make the parade a safer event.