Elderly woman drives car into CVE lake, dies two days later

Posted on 27 January 2012 by JLusk

No one knows at this time why 80-year-old Josefa Luz Garcia drove her Chevy Impala into a lake near Ashby D in Century Village in Deerfield on Jan. 27.

BSO Traffic Homicide Unit detectives have determined that she backed her car out of her designated parking space and proceeded to continue down the embankment and into the lake. Two onlookers tried unsuccessfully to help the woman escape as the car went deeper into the 12-foot lake. The first responding firefighters and deputies were able to pull her free from the brackish lake and worked feverishly to aide her. She was in cardiac arrest when brought to shore. After being cared for at North Broward Medical Center for two days, she, unfortunately, lost her life at 11:13 a.m. on Jan. 29.

Photo and story by Rachel Galvin

To see video, including interview with the deputies and firefighters involved in the rescue, go to ObserverTV.

 

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