PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Two deputies rescued an 82-year-old Florida woman from a sinking car that had landed in a pond.
News outlets report Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies Benjamin Thompson and Trent Migues responded to the scene Saturday evening and pulled Leona Evans from her SUV. The Florida Highway Patrol says Evans had veered off the road, hitting a traffic marker, flying across an embankment through a fence and landing in the pond.
The deputies spoke with witnesses who were trying to help Evans, and Thompson jumped into the water and smashed a car window with his baton. The car went under, but Migues and bystanders were able to pull Thompson and Evans out of the water.
Evans was hospitalized with serious injuries. Thompson sustained minor cuts.
The cause of the crash is unclear.