Police and paramedic save Lubbock woman from sinking SUV - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/1/09

Police and paramedic save Lubbock woman from sinking SUV

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock woman was out of the hospital Wednesday night, recovering after she drove her SUV into a playa lake. Investigators say a medical condition caused Melinda Pickering, 46 to veer off the road and into the lake at Charles Guy Park Wednesday morning.

It's not the sight you'd expect to see on a typical morning, crews pulling an SUV from the lake at a southwest Lubbock park, but Wednesday, that's what folks saw at Charles Guy Park at 86th Street and Memphis Avenue.  "Had a lady driving the vehicle normally and then started driving erratically," Lubbock Fire Department Division Chief Michael Lewis said. 

The SUV ended up in the middle of the playa lake. First responders say the water was ice cold, but that didn't stop them from rushing in to save the victim.  "It was very, very cold," Lubbock EMS Paramedic Chad Curry said.  Curry joined Lubbock Police Officers Brent Hackett and Gus Imbarlina in the water.

Police dash cam video captured the water rescue.  "It was about 50-yard or so off the embankment.  The water was coming into the vehicle," Curry said. 

"They made entry into the vehicle," Lewis said.  "We couldn't touch when we were out at the vehicle, so I can't tell you how deep it was," Curry said. 

"They made the decision to go ahead and swim her to shore about the same time our fire department vehicle showed up," Lewis said.  EMS crews took Pickering to University Medical Center where she was treated and released.

Curry says it's a save he'll always remember.  "I've been doing this about 13-years, and this is the first time I've been in the water," Curry said. 

4/1/09
Lubbock Woman Rescued From Sinking SUV
Police tell NewsChannel 11 a medical condition caused Melinda Pickering, 46, to jump the curb at Charles Guy Park and land in the water just after 10 a.m.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:22:51 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 12:36 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:36:46 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

  • Civilians kill gunman after 3 shot at Oklahoma restaurant

    Civilians kill gunman after 3 shot at Oklahoma restaurant

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 12:36 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:36:39 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

  • Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

    Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:42 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:42:29 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:17:06 GMT
    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically. (Source: CTV Network via CNN)Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically. (Source: CTV Network via CNN)

    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically.

    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically.

Powered by Frankly