Bunnell woman, 77, dies after driving into retention pond on golf course, officials say

Crash occurred Saturday in area of Grand Reserve subdivision, city says

A photo posted to Facebook by Bunnell police showing Flagler County Sheriff's Office dive team members tend to the scene of a crash in a retention pond. (Bunnell Police Department)

BUNNELL, Fla. – A 77-year-old Bunnell woman died Saturday night after her vehicle became submerged in a retention pond in Flagler County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers responded to the crash at 10:25 p.m., reporting its location as Grand Reserve Drive east of Fairway Court. The FHP crash report states the woman was driving north on the golf course before then driving into a retention pond where her SUV became submerged.

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According to news release from the City of Bunnell, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call at 10:01 p.m. about a reckless vehicle driving on the golf course in the Grand Reserve subdivision. About 10 minutes after a Bunnell police officer responded to the call, they reported finding the SUV submerged near the 400 block of Grand Reserve Drive.

The officer removed his gun belt and entered the water, breaking a rear window with a punch device and clearing the glass with his hands, yet wasn’t able to reach the woman inside, the city said. Flagler deputies and fire rescue personnel removed the woman from the vehicle and transported her to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, according to the release.

Her identity was not made public at the time of this report pending notification of her next of kin, the city said.

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