Construction workers rescue woman from car in pond - WFLA News Channel 8

Construction workers rescue woman from car in pond

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By Jeff Patterson

Two construction workers jumped into action to save a woman whose car plunged into a retention pond off Adamo Drive early this morning.

"We saw the car jump the tracks and she went into the canal," Mitchell Stillwell said. "We called 911 and came running around the corner."

The workers said the driver, Gigi Johnson, was beating on the car window with a baseball bat from inside the car but couldn't break the glass.

Stillwell used a rock and the second construction worker, Randy Johnson, used a hammer to break the window and pull the woman out of the partially submerged vehicle.

"We were scared for her. It's about 8 feet deep," Stillwell said.

The incident happened just after 5:30 a.m. at Adamo Drive (State Road 60) and 34th Street, near the construction of a connector road between Interstate 4 and the Selmon Crosstown Expressway.

Tampa police said Gigi Johnson was driving on Adamo and might have fallen asleep as she approached railroad tracks. Tire marks are visible where she attempted to brake before leaving the road.

Johnson said this was her second car accident in a month. She said she was in a wreck while driving her boss' car on July 12, and this was his rental car he had let her borrow.

She was not injured in today's accident, and police said she does not face any charges at this time.

"I'm glad she's alive and OK," Stillwell said.

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