Woman dies after driving into golf course retention pond near Bunnell

BUNNELL, Fla. — An elderly Flagler county woman was killed after her car drove into a retention pond and sank Saturday night.

Bunnell police said they received a call about a reckless vehicle driving on the golf course in the Grand Reserve subdivision just after 10 p.m.

Police said that when an officer arrived in the neighborhood, he spotted a car submerged in a pond with only its taillights visible.


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The officer then quickly jumped into the water and broke out a window to help the driver, who was still trapped inside.

Crews with Flagler County Fire Rescue and Flagler County Sheriff’s Office also jumped into the pond to help with the rescue.

After cutting the seat belt, rescuers were able to free the driver and get her to shore.

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The woman was then taken to AdventHealth Palm Coast, where she later died.

The officer who was first on the scene was treated for cuts to his hands that he received from broken glass and was later released from the hospital.

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Police are not releasing the name of the driver until they can notify her family.

The investigation into the cause of the crash was later turned over to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.