by Rob Cox, December 12, 2012
Car Crashes into Swimming Pool - 2012 Recap
In our version of the 'Darwin Awards' - we list some of the year's most distracted drivers. Here's 10 examples from 2012 of drivers who ended up driving their cars into someone's backyard swimming pool, and some of the heros that helped save them.
January 24, 2012 - Fresno, California.
While attempting to avoid a parked motorbike, this driver plowed through a garden wall and into a swimming pool. No injuries reported, only property damage. Landing in the shallow end, the car did not completely submerge. After the water pressure equalized, rescue personnel were able to open the car door.
March 23, 2012 - Vancouver, Washington.
Firefighters later found the driver, who had left the scene. In this bizarre crash, the car flipped over a fence and slid down a steep hill, landing backwards, onto an automatic pool cover - which amazingly supported the small car. The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment. A very tall crane was used to lift the car from the pool, over the house to the roadway. See how they got the car out. video
April 23, 2012 - Pembroke Pines, Florida
The driver of a classic 1968 Camaro is OK after losing control of his car, crashing through a fence and a screen enclosure around the pool. Pool Owner Bertha Aguilera descrivbed the scene as they arrived home after a dinner out. 'Two tires sticking up. Two tire" as she motioned angrily with her fingers. Firefighters later suggested that the accelerator pedal may have become stuck.
May 17, 2012 - Stockton, California
The driver of a stolen vehicle, being pursued by police in a high speed chase, plows through a fence and into a backyard pool. The quick thinking thief escaped through the sun roof of the vehicle and fled on foot. The driver was later apprehended and charged for reckless driving and endangerment, in addition to grand theft auto.
June 20, 2012 - Escondido, California.
A woman was critically injured when a car, driven by her boyfriend, went off the side of a road and landed upside down in a swimming pool along a stretch of road known to residents as "rollercoaster road".
Neighbor Jarit Welles saw the dazed driver had freed himself, so he dove in the pool to rescue the badly hurt girl. He then performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Hero. Unfortunately, the 23 year old woman died weeks later.
July 1, 2012 - Jackson, New Jersey
A 65 year old woman clipped a passing vehicle on a narrow street, and swerved off the road, across a yard - coming to rest in an unopened pool. The driver of the car she clipped was off-duty firefighter Vincent Schwartz. Police statements say that Schwartz dove into the pool and broke the window out to rescue the driver of the partially submerged vehicle.
August 2, 2012 - Brockton, Massachusetts.
A motorhome owner, while backing up his 30 foot motorhome, suffered a medical condition and lost control of the vehicle, swerving into his neighbors inground swimming pool. The driver was rescued by the pool owner, Tom Little.
"He definitely saved the guy," Little's daughter, Elizabeth, told CBS Boston. "If my dad wasn’t out there, it wouldn’t have been a good day."
September 8, 2012 - Malden, Massachusetts.
Rescue workers responded to the 911 call when an 85 year old neighbor, put the car in reverse, instead of drive, and stepped on the gas. He crashed through a fence and landed in the pool. Neighbor Tom Cheffro jumped in the pool and managed to get the push the window down, unlatch the seat belt, and pull the dazed driver to safety. video
October 16, 2012 - Chandler, Arizona
A man lost control of his car, crashing through a brick wall, and into a backyard swimming pool. Neighbors called 911 after hearing the crash, The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Neighbor Joan Georges reported that the driver crawled out through the passenger's side door, and was "covered in blood". The driver told her that he swerved to avoid hitting a dog, when he lost control of his car.
October 26, 2012 - Smyrna, Georgia
3 men who witness an out of control car plunge into a swimming pool after plowing through a fence, jump in to help remove the driver, who was trapped within the car as it rapidly filled with water. The 29 year old man, who had apparently suffered a seizure, was not injured and was thankful that bystanders were able to assist.
In most cases, nobody gets hurt. In some cases, most notably the Escondido accident, submersion of a few minutes leaves the occupants brain-dead.
The homeowner is left to negotiate with insurance companies and arrange for removal, repairs and clean-up. The pool is usually in need of repairs, and the oils and gasoline spilled in the pool will require draining and cleaning. The cars? Most probably a complete loss, or 'totaled' by the insurance company.
You would think that these pools are located on high trafficked, high speed roads, but most of these car crashes into pools occurred on residential streets with low speed limits.
If your pool is close to the street, you may want to place large landscape boulders within the path, although that may not stop these freak accidents from happening.
Good Luck - hope you don't end up on this list for 2013!
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