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Woman Dies After Car Skids Off Road, Sinks in Pond

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Icy roads may have caused a woman’s car to slide off the road and sink to the bottom of a pond on Sunday morning, said Blooming Police Department.

The woman, who could not be named due to her next-of-kin- not yet being notified, was believed to have lost control of her car on Pete Ellis Dr. at the entrance to Woodbridge Apartments.

After over-correcting, the 4 door compact car ran off the road into a retention pond and quickly sunk to the bottom, said Sgt. Faron Lake. Sgt. Lake guesstimates that that pond is 10 to 12 feet deep.

The woman was unable to get out of the car as many people attempted to rescue her by jumping into the pond as the car was going down. Some people made it to the car but they were unable to open the car doors due to the cold temperature of the pond along with a thin sheet of ice partially covering the pond, Lake said.

IU Police Department Sgt. Chad Bennett said IUPD Officer David Winburn and Sgt. Andy Stephenson attempted to help get the car out by diving in the water. Stephenson went under the water to try and get to the car and attach a winch to the car to pull it out of the lake, Bennett said.

The Monroe County Dive Team was also called to the scene and used a wrecker to pull the car out of the pond, Lake said. The woman was taken to Bloomington Hospital where she was pronounced dead, he said.

The accident is still under investigation and an autopsy will determine the official cause of death, Lake said.