Florida Man Drives into Retention Pond, Calls Wife

A North Florida man was trapped in a retention pond and called his wife begging for help on his cell phone hours before his body was found. The 39-year-old had returned from a party early Sunday morning, December 11, and decided to leave home around 2:30 a.m. to go to the store to get some milk and stop by a friend’s house. About six minutes after leaving home he called his wife and, according to The Florida Times-Union, he yelled for her to come help him. He had apparently missed a turn at Pilar Lane and Mount Pleasant Road and driven into a retention pond.

She spent several hours looking for his vehicle but was unsuccessful in finding his car, which was eventually spotted by a landscaping crew on Sunday morning. The man was found dead in the back seat. He was reported missing about 11 a.m. Sunday. He and his wife have four children.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family for the loss of this man, husband, and father.

Escaping a Retention Pond

This is a frightening scenario and not uncommon as there are about 5,000 retention pond accidents in Florida every year. With about two minutes before the car sinks, the Florida Highway Patrol recommends carrying a spring-loaded window breaker to smash the nearest window and get out quickly, such as LifeHammer and ResQMe. The Jacksonville auto accident lawyers at Farah & Farah recommend you carry them in the glove box as well as a device to cut through a seat belt if necessary in an emergency.

Farah & Farah is ready to help with a complimentary consultation following your auto accident. Call us at (800) 533-3555.

Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/12/12/2542777/north-fla-man-calls-wife-for-help.html; http://www.news4jax.com/news/East-Arlington-man-calls-wife-for-help-after-crash-into-pond/-/475880/5289086/-/dq135jz/-/index.html