Woman Dies after Driving Car Into Winter Garden Retention Pond
Very early on Sunday Morning, Deborah Lynn Williamson was driving along Tilden Road in Winter Garden, close to where it intersects with Tiny Road when she somehow lost control of her car. According to the witnesses who called the police, Williamson suddenly swerved off of the road and drove straight into a retention pond. The emergency response teams were dispatched as soon as the witness called 911, but when they first arrived, shortly after 1:00 in the morning, they were unable to reach the sunken car.
Due to the speed at which she was driving, Williamson’s vehicle entered the pond and pushed through towards its deeper waters. Because of the difficult location at which the car was located, special teams of divers were called in to assist in the rescue effort. Dispatched by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Orlando Police Department, the teams arrived and began the dive in search of the vehicle and any individuals who might be inside of it.
After a short period of time, the divers were able to locate Deborah Lynn Williamson, still seated behind the wheel of her vehicle. The divers pulled her out and up to the surface of the pond. There, they transferred her to the paramedics on the banks who subsequently rushed her to Florida Hospital. Shortly after she arrived, the doctors on call announced that she died.
According to a report from the OCSO Marine Unit, no other individuals were in the car and no one else was injured or involved in the accident. This leaves a slight mystery as to what caused Williamson to depart from the road in the first place and drive her car into the usually peaceful pond.
Every year, thousands of people across Florida die in car accidents. Many of these involve more than one driver, and in many of the cases it is easy to see just who was responsible for the accident. In cases such as the one that took Deborah Lynn Williamson’s life, the investigation becomes more difficult. Authorities will be releasing more information as it becomes available.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.