Woman Dies After Car Submerges in Dallas Pond

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010  |  Updated 10:27 AM CDT
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A woman is dead after she was trapped in her car as it submerged in a Dallas neighborhood pond.
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A Haltom City woman died Tuesday after losing control of her vehicle and ending up submerged in a pond in Dallas.

Jennifer Patton, 39, was driving near the 16000 block of Fallkirk Drive, not far from Campbell Road and Queens Ferry Lane, when she apparently lost control of her sport utility vehicle and drove into the pond, officials said.

Patton, who was unresponsive when firefighters pulled her from the vehicle, was later pronounced dead at Richardson Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters jumped into the frigid water and broke through the sunroof to pull Patton out of the SUV. One firefighter was treated for signs of hypothermia and several others were rushed back to their station to warm up and get into dry clothes.

Rescuers used a winch to pull the car from the cold, shallow water.

Police said they do not know why Patton ran off the road. Witnesses said they saw her fighting to get out of the vehicle as it sank into the water.

NBCDFW's Scott Friedman contributed to this report.

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