Five Uninjured After SUV Plunges into Corpus Christi Bay

Occurred on 7/22/12, 11:43 pm   Major Accident    400 N. Shoreline

Officers responded to a submerged vehicle at the Lawrence Street T-Head shortly before midnight. Upon their arrival, Officers found two of the concrete pylons along with the guide wires had been damaged.  Officers report bubbles rising from the surface, but the white 2001 Ford Expedition was no longer visible.

Police were told contradictory accounts of the accident by the driver and the five occupants who told Officers a "dog" ran in front of them causing the driver to lose control as he swerved to avoid it.  The driver jumped the curb, struck the pylons and guide wires landing in the bay.

The 23-year driver was issued a citation for Unsafe Change from a Direct Course, but the charge was changed to Reckless Driving when Marina Patrol provided surveillance video of the accident. The video showed the SUV following another vehicle with both of them swerving from side to side as they traveled eastbound on the T-Head. The driver of the Expedition lost control and either fell or jumped out the moving vehicle. The SUV continued on and landed in the bay with its five passengers still inside.  All passengers, three females, 16, 19, 36  and two males 14, 18 were able to safely get out of the car before Officers arrived.

The Corpus Christi Police Dive was called to assist and marked the SUV's location with a buoy to prevent any boating accidents.  At 9:00 am this morning the Dive Team was able to retrieve the submerged vehicle with a Light Vehicle Recovery System which enables Dive Team members to move the sunken vehicle closer to the surface and shore.


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