Video shows SUV crashing into Tavares lake

Business owner wants guardrail installed

TAVARES, Fla. – Surveillance video from a business in Tavares was able to capture the moment a car crashed into a lagoon on Sunday.

Tavares police said the driver was attempting to turn left onto U.S. Highway 441 from Lake Shore Boulevard when the driver lost control.

In a video of the incident, the Dodge SUV is seen taking the turn too wide and then over-correcting. After hitting another vehicle in the roadway, the vehicle veers to the side of the road and into the water.

The vehicle landed just feet from where diners were eating at the Fish Camp on Lake Eustis.

[Watch the video of the crash and rescue below.]

"The waitress came up, and it was frantic, and said, 'Call 911. Call 911," Fish Camp owner Jim Jordan said. "We just ran out there to help and one of our guests actually ran out and jumped on top of the car and helped the people out of the car."

Pictures taken during the rescue show someone on the roof of the vehicle attempting to help the people trapped inside.

No one was seriously injured in the crash.

Several small children in a second vehicle that was hit were able to calm their nerves from the crash and enjoy a free meal at the Fish Camp on Lake Eustis immediately following the accident.

Jordan said that he has been in touch with both the city of Tavares and the Florida Department of Transportation to install a tougher barrier.

"This railing, which is only a handrail, doesn't stop a car," Jordan said. "(As a) matter of fact, the car didn't even hit, wasn't slowed down at all, just went right into the water. I would like them to do a guardrail, and the Department of Transportation, they've had years to try to find a way around it, but they need a guardrail."


State records show there have been more than 40 crashes in the area of Lake Shore Boulevard in Tavares since Jan. 1, 2011.

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