Swimming Pool Blog

10 Car Crashes into Swimming Pools

They are called 'car crashes', but should be called 'driver crashes'. Today we take a look at photos that are hard to look away from, when out of control drivers rip across lawns, through fences, and end up partially or totally submerged in a backyard swimming pool.

Rarely are swimming pool car crashes fatal; fortunately the drivers often emerge unscathed. Perhaps the cushion of water prevents more serious injury, along with seat belts and air bags.

Don't try this at home kids; these drivers are professional idiots.

1. Car Flies Into Crowded Santa Rosa Swimming Pool

March 13, 2015 by Brandon Mercer, CBS

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A driver whose brakes apparently failed crashed through a fence, hit a ladder, and then finally drove her car into a crowded health club swimming pool before being pulled to safety by a triathlete Friday. The crash happened just after 11 a.m. as a masters swimming group was warming up at the Airport Health Club. Witnesses on scene tell CBS SF that the Lexus careened into the water, landing on its side just inches away from the athletes. Many swimmers suffered cuts and minor injuries from the flying vehicle and debris. A triathlete on scene was able to break the older woman’s window and rescue her.


2. Valley teen crashes car into neighbor’s backyard pool

March 15, 2015 by ABC15 Staff

PHOENIX (ABC 15) -- Phoenix police told ABC15 that a teenager escaped injury after crashing his car into a north Phoenix pool Sunday evening. The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. near Tatum Boulevard and Jomax. Witnesses said the teen was able to get out of the car on his own. He left the scene before returning a short time later. A bystander at the scene told ABC15 he saw the teen texting and driving before the accident. “Well right over here, see that hole, another high school kid texting and driving rolled his car three times,” said Corey Donaldson. How safe do you feel in this neighborhood right now…“not very,” says Donaldson.


3. Car crashes through fence into pool

December 30, 2014 by Malini Basu, KHOU 11 News

CYPRESS – A family here woke up early Tuesday morning after what they say sounded like a boom of thunder and a lightning strike. "My reaction was, 'Oh my gosh, there is a car in the pool," said homeowner Leighanna Brownlee. Two teens were driving around 4:30 Tuesday when they crashed through the Brownlee's backyard fence and ended up in their pool. The family found them standing outside the pool, soaking wet. "Very apologetic. They were very, 'I'm sorry.' I got a lot of I'm sorrys," said Brownlee. Klayton Lauder, a wrecker driver, had to jump inside the pool to hook the car up to his tow truck.


4. Car crashes into pool

May 27, 2014 by WUSA9, WTSP.com Staff

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WTSP/WUSA) -- At 8:00 p.m. Monday a car ended up in a person's swimming pool after two cars collided. It happened in the 400 block of 91st Avenue North in St. Petersburg when a 2003 Mitsubishi was traveling east on 91st Avenue and another car headed southbound on 5th Street. According to police, the Mitsubishi veered off the roadway into the backyard of the house and into the pool after knocking down the backyard fence and plowing through the pool screen enclosure. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Michael Randolph, had minor injuries. His passenger was not injured nor was the driver of the other car.


5. Car Smashes Into Wall, Stuns Swimmers in YMCA Pool

January 16, 2015 by NBC10.com, Dan Stamm

A car crashed into a Pennsylvania YMCA and almost wound up in the pool — shocking swimmers doing laps Friday. An elderly woman mistook the brake for the accelerator when she slammed her red sedan partially into the pool area of Ridley Area YMCA on South Avenue in Secane around noon, said Ridley Township Police. The woman wasn’t seriously hurt, police said. There were swimmers using the pool at the time, said the YMCA. None of the swimmers were hurt but they sure did get a surprise by the gaping hole left in the wall. 


6. Man Saves Elderly Driver Who Crashed Into His Backyard Pool

October 28, 2014 by Ryan Bonner (Patch National Staff)

An elderly man who crashed his car through a fence and into a backyard pool at a Commack, Long Island (NY) home Monday afternoon was pulled to safety by the homeowner, officials said. The driver, a 79-year-old who "apparently pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake” of his 2010 Acura SUV, caused the vehicle to plow through a fence and land in the deep end of an in-ground pool, police said. The homeowner, 32-year-old John Bacchi, was in his backyard at the time of the crash, police said. Bacchi jumped into the pool, broke the driver’s side window and pulled the driver out of the window to safety, police said.


7. Man drives into Smyrna Clubhouse Pool

May 25, 2014 by by Chris Chandler WSBRadio.com

Police say the driver had some sort of medical emergency before plunging the car into the neighborhood pool at the Oakdale Bluffs townhomes in Smyrna, Georgia. Three Good Samaritan’s jumped in the pool to save the driver, who was unconscious when they grabbed him. David Huebner was painting the nearby clubhouse when the car zoomed past.  Even though he doesn't know how to swim, he jumped in to save the ailing driver. "The water was up to his chin and he was out. We grabbed a hold of it (car) and the trunk came open and the three of us, pulled it," said Huebner.


8. Elderly Man Crashes Car Into Pool, Escapes Injuries

August 17, 2014 by Associated Press

ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) — An 85-year-old man was unharmed Saturday after he crashed his car into a backyard pool, authorities said. The man was pulling into his garage when the crash occurred, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Jeff Sims told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The car went through a rear garage door and into a backyard swimming pool, ending up fully submerged, Sims said. Officials say the driver was able to get out of the car unharmed. No one else was in the car or pool at the time. The driver told authorities that his flip-flops were entangled with the pedals and caused him to lose control of his car.


9. Neighbor Saves 3 After Car Crashes Into Swimming Pool

May 29, 2013 by Brittney Hopper KCAL9

A Yorba Linda, Ca. mom is a hero for rescuing a grandmother and two grandchildren that crashed into their fence, careened down a steep hill and crashed into a neighbor's inground pool. As reported by KCAL9, Anita Campbell immediately jumped in the pool, after hearing two young girls crying, and found the car doors stuck and immovable, but two windows were fortunately open. She helped the girls and their grandmother exit the car safely. According to officials, the 66 yr old driver lost control of the car, crashed through a brick wall, and rolled down a steep hill into a pool over 200 feet. The driver reportedly told witnesses that the brakes had failed.


10. Carmichael woman wakes up to find car in backyard pool

October 10, 2014 by Maneeza Iqbal, News10

A car appeared one morning in the backyard pool of a Carmichael, Ca. home. CHP Officer Chad Hertzell said no one was reported injured in the crash. As officers started pulling the car from the pool, three teenage girls came up to the car; saying that one of the teenage girls took her mom's car to a party with her friends. According to the CHP, the girl claimed her guy friends took the car, but officers said she was not cooperative on the details of what happened. Neighbors said they saw officers retrieve a bottle of alcohol from the car, but the CHP has not confirmed that alcohol was the cause of the crash. Hertzell said the girl's her mom was going to report the car stolen because she didn't know her daughter took the car. The identity of the driver and passengers is unknown. The CHP continues to investigate.



  • Get your brakes checked
  • Don't text and drive
  • Don't drive with flip flops
  • Lock your car up at night


- Rob