• Second person dies after crash into pond Monday


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The driver of a car that ended up in a retention pond in Orange County died Monday night.

    A total of three people were in the car when it left the road and sank into the pond near West Oak Ridge Road.

    Before the driver, a passenger died earlier in the day. The third person injured in the crash, Judelende Charles of Orlando, remains in critical condition.

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    Investigators did not find any tire marks on the roadway, which they say could mean the driver did not try to hit the brakes and stop the car before it struck a sidewalk, went down an embankment and into the water.

    An Orange County deputy arrived at the scene on West Oak Ridge Road near Brookgreen Avenue about 90 seconds after the first call to 911 was received. He and an Orange County firefighter went into the water in an attempt to rescue those in the car.

    An Orange County deputy who jumped in to try to help people trapped in a car that crashed into a pond spoke with Channel 9 Monday.

    Deputy Andrew Reynolds was about a mile and a half away when he got the call.

    "As I'm going down the rocks, I take off my belt and pass it off to my corporal and jumped in," Reynolds said. "I'm sad. I'm sad. I think maybe if I was a little faster down the rocks, I could've gotten to him faster."

    Florida Highway Patrol troopers said three people were pulled from the vehicle after 7 a.m. Monday.

    Witness Larry Green shot cellphone video of the incident.

    "I saw people trying to get the people out," Green said.

    The three were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead.

    "There was a girl who was able to walk. There was one guy with dreads they pulled out on a stretcher and another guy with a blue shirt, they were working on him the longest. So, I don't know about him," said Green.

    "(The deputy) was able to pull the driver's side door open and pull two people out. He didn't even see the third person because the water was so dirty and murky, but he felt a hand grab him and he realized there was a third person in the car, and he pulled that person out as well," Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

    "We don't have a choice. This is what we signed up for, to do what other people won't," Reynolds said.

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