Woman OK after crash in pool

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 16, 2013 

— A 69-year-old woman who crashed her car into a swimming pool Wednesday morning was unhurt, Merced police said, thanks to the quick actions of a Good Samaritan.

The incident was reported at 9:51 a.m. at the Granville Luxury Apartments at 2908 Willowbrook Court, according to Sgt. Jay Struble.

Police say Pamela Gwyn of Merced was driving her 2000 Chevy Blazer east on Willowbrook Drive from Highway 59, when she failed to make a right turn and lost control of her vehicle.

Gwyn's vehicle traveled through a metal fence on the outside of the complex and continued for about 50 feet before going into the swimming pool.

The Chevy Blazer was floating in the water when witness Craig Lafleur, 57, of Kingsburg, came to the aid of the woman. Lafleur was able to grab the floating vehicle by its roof rack and pull it to the edge of the pool.

Lafleur then broke the Blazer's back window, police said.

Gwyn, who was still conscious, was able to unbuckle her seat belt, and Lafleur helped her get out of the vehicle before it sank, Struble said.

Struble commended Lafleur for his quick actions, saying the incident could've ended differently if the witness hadn't come to Gwyn's rescue.

Struble said Gwyn had no recollection of the crash.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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