TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Police Department says a 12-year-old girl was able to get out of an SUV that flipped into a pond, however, the driver remained trapped underwater and died Wednesday night.
Rescue crews on the scene said it appears the SUV left the roadway -- K Bar Ranch Parkway -- before it hit some trees, overturned, and landed partially submerged in a pond near the intersection of Whispering Brook Drive and Clover Pine Drive.
The girl who escaped the SUV was already on the bank of the waterway when fire rescue crews arrived. She was taken to the hospital. Her condition was not released.
Several fire rescue crewmembers jumped into the water to try and rescue the driver, but officials say "they worked tirelessly for several minutes until it became apparent they would not be able to remove her until the vehicle was pulled out of the water." The crewmembers who got into the pond said the water was about chest-deep.
Tampa officials later confirmed the driver died at the scene.
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