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.

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