1 Dead After Car Ends Up in Kaufman County Pond

Rescuers recovered the vehicle around 8 p.m. Sunday

One person is dead after the vehicle he or she was driving ended up in a pond in Kaufman County Sunday night, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety officer.

The crash happened Sunday in Kemp, and Monday the town's mayor identified the driver as 24-year-old Kaitlin Leanne Lawrence.

Mayor Laura Peace said Lawrence was a young mother and that she didn't make it home Saturday night.

State troopers and Kemp police and firefighters rushed to the pond after receiving a report of a car in the water late Sunday afternoon.

After a search, they found the car submerged in a pond shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, and Lawrence's body was recovered around 10:15 p.m., according to Peace.

There was a group of residents visibly upset and hugging each other as the discovery was made.

It was unclear if the evening rain or the wet roads contributed to the crash.

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