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Neighbor saves driver who drove into backyard pool

A good Samaritan dove into a pool to rescue a woman and man from an upside down car that had crashed through his neighbor’s fence Saturday afternoon.

OnScene TV reported that a woman was driving on Samantha Avenue in Rancho Peñasquitos when the vehicle crashed through a fence at the end of Ellingham Street.

Ken Ramirez said in an interview with OnScene TV that he was home when he heard a car skid and the sound of a fence collapsing about 1:50 p.m.

“I saw the car upside down in the pool,” he said. “I jumped over the ledge here behind me and went into the pool. The driver and the passenger were still in the car when I arrived.

“As I got into the pool, calling to see if I could get any response,” he continued, “the gal that was driving, her head and her arms came through the driver window. Fortunately, she floated out rather easily.”

Ramirez said he helped her out of the pool, and then she passed out. He then flipped her over to get water out of her lungs.

“At that point, I’m asking her, ‘Is anyone else still in the car?’ and trying to get her into a shallower area,” he said. “She tried to stand up. I tried to keep her still. She passed out again.”

Ramirez said he then saw the male passenger coming out of the driver-side door.

Video by OnScene TV showed a crane pulling up a blue BMW with a smashed windshield and mangled hood.

San Diego police said no arrests were made.



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