Heartbreaking story around here on the news the past couple of days. A lady was driving at night with her toddler in the car when "something" happened causing her to loose control of the car, crash through a fence, and plunge the car into a body of water.
The news has been kind of vague about what caused the accident that precipitated the car entering the water, but the driver was on the phone with her husband when it happened. Don't know if that had anything to do with it or not - but I imagine that being distracted while driving at night didn't help.
The driver stayed on the phone with her husband for a bit after the car hit the water and began to sink. The car had manual crank windows. Reports are that she was in a panic state. After she hung up with her husband, she then called 911 and spoke to an emergency services operator. All while the car is continuing to sink into the water while she's freaking out.
Apparently the 911 tape is so disturbing that the local news won't play it on the air.
Some bystanders attempted to save the woman and her baby by diving under the water once the car sunk below the surface, but they couldn't locate anything substantial enough to break the car windows that wasn't too heavy to swim out to the car with.
My first impulse is to be incredibly harsh with the Driver for her failure to deal effectively with the emergency.... but she's dead and her little daughter is dead and the whole mess is so sad that I'll leave my comments to these:
Manual Windows easily roll down even if the car is filling up with water and engine has died. Have a window breaker easily accessible and secured in place in whatever vehicle you drive. Lanyards are great for this. You don't want to have the thing fly out of reach where you can't find it right at the moment that you need it most. There are several good ones available and I have them in every car I own and every vehicle owned by people that I love.
Get one that has a built in safety seat belt cutter. These are useful even if you live nowhere near a body of water.
And for God's Sake if you find yourself in this situation DON'T WASTE TIME CALLING PEOPLE ON THE PHONE!!!! Not even 911. Get yourself and your kid out of the fucking car. Call someone and freak out later when you're both safe on dry land.