A Jacksonville woman died when her SUV plunged into a pond in Orlando Saturday afternoon.
She has now been identified as a 35-year-old. Her fiancée was in the car as were two girls. The girls were both hospitalized in critical condition, the fiancée and a 13-year-old suffered minor injuries.
It’s still a mystery how this accident happened. The 2004 GMC Yukon was in the parking lot at the Floridays Resort off South International Drive. For some reason it jumped a curb, went through a fence and overturned after plunging nine feet into the pond.
Orange County deputies rescued the two girls while the others got out of the vehicle themselves. The woman, however, was found hours after the crash. Police have not yet determined who was behind the wheel of the Yukon when it went into the retention pond.
A terrible accident this time of year – the family is in our prayers and we will think of the girls still hospitalized. Police say alcohol was not a factor in this crash and no charges have been filed. There is no word whether anyone was wearing their seat belts.
With all of the water around Florida, the worst nightmare of many is to lose control of your vehicle and plunge into the water. It rarely happens, but if you are wearing your seat belt you, increase your chances of survival. Without a seat belt, you increase your chances of being knocked unconscious, hitting your head on a dashboard for example.
If you find yourself in the water, the Florida Highway Patrol recommends for individuals not to panic. Once you survive the crash you have to act quickly. Unbuckle your seat belt and quickly evaluate the situation. If the vehicle is floating or sinking slowly, roll down the windows, then you can jump out of the windows and swim to safety.
If the vehicle is sinking, FHP says to wait. That sounds crazy but let the vehicle fill until the water is half way up the window, as the water pressure inside the vehicle becomes equal to the water pressure outside of the vehicle. Then start rolling down the window, stay in the air pocket at the top of the car, take your last breath of air and swim out of the window.
If you have power windows and they shut down you may want to keep a hammer or a window breaking device in the car for these situations. Thankfully this is a very rare occurrence. Again, our condolences go out for the loss of the woman in this incident. We wish the family and children a speedy recovery.