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Jacksonville Submerged Vehicle Accident Kills Woman

Posted on September 22, 2010

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office is looking for answers to the mysterious death of a young woman. The body of Delia S. Diaz, 22, was found inside a car that was partially submerged in a pond at an apartment complex, according to a News4Jax report.

The car was found at the Wimberly at Deerwood Apartments in the 9700 block of Touchton Road, Sunday afternoon, September 12. Police were alerted to the car by residents of the apartment complex. When a firefighter went into the water, he found the body in the submerged Saturn.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue dive team members helped remove the body and recover the car.

Police believe the vehicle had been in the water since Saturday night.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of Ms. Diaz for her sudden passing.

Submerged Vehicle Dangers
The Florida Highway Patrol reports about 4,800 cars end up submerged in Florida’s many canals and ponds every year when motorists drive off the road. AAA reports that about 300 people die in submerged vehicles nationwide every year.

What do you do if your car skids into a pond or lake?

Forget opening your door. It won’t open because the water pressure keeps it closed. Windows offer the best exit. It is best to roll down the window the minute the car hits the water and quickly get out. Some products such as LifeHammer are designed to break a passenger window in an emergency. Do not smash the windshield as too much water will come in and sink the car even faster. LifeHammer and ResQMe are sold at Ace Hardware for about $10 to $15 and they also cut through seat belts.