Five Uninjured After SUV Plunges into Corpus Christi Bay - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Five Uninjured After SUV Plunges into Corpus Christi Bay

Posted: Updated:
FROM THE CORPUS CHRISTI POLICE DEPARTMENT -

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.

  • Earth Day Celebrated at Texas State Aquarium

    Earth Day Celebrated at Texas State Aquarium

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:45:08 GMT
    Several families spent the day Saturday at the Texas State Aquarium celebrating Earth Day. Kids and even parents joined in on the fun all while learning about ways to be eco-friendly and help mother earth.. all while having a good time. Nishy George who was visiting the Aquarium Saturday with her family told 3 News, "it was a little bit of obstacle courses and they were talking about recycling. We listened to a little bit of that, watched a couple of shows, and then had fun at the splash p...More >>
    Several families spent the day Saturday at the Texas State Aquarium celebrating Earth Day. Kids and even parents joined in on the fun all while learning about ways to be eco-friendly and help mother earth.. all while having a good time. Nishy George who was visiting the Aquarium Saturday with her family told 3 News, "it was a little bit of obstacle courses and they were talking about recycling. We listened to a little bit of that, watched a couple of shows, and then had fun at the splash p...More >>
  • 14th Annual Easter Festival Draws Hundreds of Families

    14th Annual Easter Festival Draws Hundreds of Families

    Kids went wild as they went after all of the Easter eggs that dotted a field over at the Fellowship of Oso Creek Church Saturday afternoon. The church is located on Yorktown near Rodd Field. It was apart of the church's 14th annual Easter Festival. Organizers say close to 35 hundred people came out to take part in the fun.More >>
    Kids went wild as they went after all of the Easter eggs that dotted a field over at the Fellowship of Oso Creek Church Saturday afternoon. The church is located on Yorktown near Rodd Field. It was apart of the church's 14th annual Easter Festival. Organizers say close to 35 hundred people came out to take part in the fun.More >>
  • Jewish Center Shootings, KKK Rebranding

    Jewish Center Shootings, KKK Rebranding

    (CNN) -- Pointy hats, white robes, crosses burning, bodies hanging from trees. The images of the Ku Klux Klan are reminders of the nation's ugliest moments from the Civil War through the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s.Last Sunday, the world was confronted with another image of the Klan: 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist and avowed anti-Semite, in the back of a police car, spitting, "Heil Hitler!"When his alleged rampage at two Jewish institutions in suburban Ka...More >>
    (CNN) -- Pointy hats, white robes, crosses burning, bodies hanging from trees. The images of the Ku Klux Klan are reminders of the nation's ugliest moments from the Civil War through the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s.Last Sunday, the world was confronted with another image of the Klan: 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist and avowed anti-Semite, in the back of a police car, spitting, "Heil Hitler!"When his alleged rampage at two Jewish institutions in suburban Ka...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.