This time of year there's always a cautionary tale or two about driving where you're not supposed to in the snow. A Nevada woman and her boyfriend who decided to go off-roading near Burnside Lake in the Sierras on November 29 became stuck in the snow and were ultimately in danger of freezing to death after snowstorms arrived. Paula Lane and her boyfriend, 44-year-old Roderick Clifton of Citrus Heights, CA, did their best to free the Jeep they were stuck in, but to no avail. The next day, Clifton left the car in search of help, and died in the snow.
Lane made the video above as a goodbye for her twin sons. In it she says, "As soon as the sun comes out I am going to have to try and make it. It is six-feet of snow so I don’t think I am going to do so well. But nobody is going to find me here." Lane and her brother appeared on the Today show today.
Lane later discovered Clifton's body after she left the Jeep herself four days later. She was soon found, crawling on a dirt road, by her brother, Gary Lane, who knew where to look for her near a lake where he knew she had camped before. He comandeered a front-loader with a family friend and instinctually made it to the closed mountain road where Lane was. She was hospitalized with first-degree frost bite, and doctors say she's lucky to still have her fingers and toes.
[NBC via SFGate]