Body found in submerged car is now a suicide investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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Body found in submerged car is now a suicide investigation

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Officials now say the body found in a submerged car at the Canyon Lakes system Wednesday night is being investigated as a suicide.

Just after 8:45 Wednesday evening, witnesses called 911 to report that a car plunged into Buddy Holly Lake off Erskine and North University. Police say the submerged vehicle appeared to be a gold 90's model Ford Thunderbird.

Witnesses say the driver, now identified as 43-year-old Diane Lopez, was swerving erratically on a sidewalk and grassy area, then made a large u-turn before driving into the lake. There is no road where the car entered the lake.

Lubbock Police and the Lubbock Fire Department's water rescue team responded to the scene. A wrecker pulled the car from the lake, and after more than an hour police confirmed that a body was in the vehicle.

We are waiting for more information from the medical examiner's office on the cause of death.

One of the witnesses jumped in to try to save the person, but was unable to assist.  Police say he suffered some injuries in the attempt and was taken to UMC for treatment.

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