Woman killed in New Smyrna Beach retention pond crash identified

Police say cause of death was drowning


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A 26-year-old Port Orange woman died on Monday after crashing into a retention pond in New Smyrna Beach, police said.

Authorities said they pulled Sarah Marx, 26, and her vehicle from the lake on Airport Road, just after 11 a.m., after Marx's vehicle struck a light pole and crashed into the lake.

Two citizens and police officers tried to pull the woman from the vehicle before it submerged in the lake, but were unable with lake being 12 feet deep and limited visibility.

The Sheriff's Office Dive Team recovered the silver 2000 Acura sedan and Marx was found seat-belted into her car, according to the report. No other passengers were found in the vehicle.

The Medical Examiner's Office said preliminary autopsy results indicated the cause of death was drowning.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash.