TAMPA (WFLA) – A 38-year-old woman has died after a single-car crash into a pond Wednesday evening in the Pebble Creek section of New Tampa, Tampa police said.
Police said the car veered off the road into the pond near the intersection of Whispering Brook Drive and Clover Pine Drive just after 7 p.m.
According to police, the vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason, struck some trees, overturned and landed partially submerged in a pond.
According to Tampa Fire Rescue’s Public Information Officer Jason Penny, the driver’s passenger was able to escape the vehicle. The 12-year-old girl was taken to a local hospital.
Penny said the vehicle had been traveling east on K-Bar Ranch Parkway.
Several fire rescue members on scene immediately entered the water in an attempt to rescue the driver from the vehicle, but officials say “they worked tirelessly for several minutes until it became apparent that they would not be able to remove her until the vehicle was pulled out of the water.”
After a tow truck removed the vehicle from the water, police said they located the driver deceased. An official cause of death was not released.
An investigation into how this crash happened is ongoing.