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WOMAN RESCUED FROM SUBMERGED CAR SUCCUMBS
INVESTIGATORS RULE OUT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION AS CAUSE

BSO Case Number: DR12-01-04213
PIO Number: 12-1-27
Date: January 27, 2012
Time: 11:32 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: 121 Grantham B, Deerfield Beach
Jurisdiction: Deerfield Beach

Victim(s):

  • Josefa Luz Garcia, 80, female, 08/08/31, Deerfield Beach (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • N/A

Description of Incident:

An 80-year-old Deerfield Beach woman died two days after being rescued from her car at the bottom of a lake.

On Friday, January 27, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue firefighters pulled Josefa Luz Garcia, 80, out of her Chevrolet Impala from the bottom of the lake behind her condo. BSO Traffic Homicide Unit detectives have determined that Garcia backed her car out of her designated parking space and, for reasons unknown, continued in reverse over an embankment and into the lake. Two good Samaritans unsuccessfully tried to get the woman out as the car sank. First-arriving deputies and firefighters went in to the water and dove down to the bottom of the 12-foot-deep lake to reach the victim. When Garcia was brought to shore to waiting firefighter/paramedics, she was in cardiac arrest. Rescuers immediately began aggressive life support efforts and were able to resuscitate the victim before arriving at North Broward Medical Center.

Despite the rescuers efforts, Garcia died at 11:13 a.m. on Sunday, January 29 at the hospital.

BSO Traffic Homicide Unit detectives conducted an inspection of the Chevrolet Impala and concluded that there was no mechanical malfunction of the vehicle.
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INVESTIGATORS: D-10, THI, BSFR, Lt. Akers, Det. Wiley, Miller
THIS REPORT BY: Mike Jachles/PIO 01/30/12 1900

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