Swimmers at a health club Santa Rosa, CA, got a rather startling Friday the 13th surprise last week when a car crashed through a fence, bounced off a pool ladder and plunged into the pool—in the middle of a master swimming class.
The black Lexus sedan that went for an unplanned dip was being driven by a woman whose name authorities have not released. The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa reported that the woman, who is about 70 years old, appeared to have been pulling into a parking space when she drove through the fence. She reportedly told witnesses her brakes failed; authorities say they are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Fortunately for the Airport Health Club in Santa Rosa, the accident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. on a Friday when only a master swim class was in session, and the lounge chairs surrounding the pool were empty.
The newspaper reported that a doctor and paramedic were in the pool area at the time. They and others rushed to the driver's aid after she could not open her door to get out of the car while in the pool. Another witness said someone used an umbrella stand to shatter the car window, unbuckle her seat belt and pull her to safety.
According to news accounts, one rescuer received minor glass cuts to his torso, and the driver received minor cuts as she was pulled to safety. She was taken to Kaiser Health Center in Santa Rosa for treatment.
Tarryn Matthies, a club manager, told The Press Democrat that the car was removed from the pool shortly before 1 p.m. as workers picked leaves, concrete chunks and glass out of the pool, which was expected to be closed for a couple days.