Elderly Driver Survives Crashing Into Swimming Pool
An elderly driver has made quite a splash after she smashed through a car park fence and into the swimming pool of an Adelaide home.
The 73-year-old woman escaped serious injury, but couldn't free herself from her submerged car when it landed in the pool on Friday morning.
Nick and Josie Cirocco, who work in the shop behind the car park, rushed to help the driver when they heard the commotion.
"Just heard a really big bang, and thought, 'Oh someone's driven into the fence', and then we found the car in the pool!" Josie told 10 News First on Friday.
"I was wondering who was inside the car, the mess it created, we were wondering what happened to the driver," Nick said.
They tried to keep the elderly woman calm while they waited for emergency services to arrive.
"She seemed a bit worried, there was water coming into the car and she was sitting in the front seat asking for help," said Josie.
"So we just said, 'Look, climb into the back seat if you can', and then we waited for the firies."
MFS crews arrived at the Glynde home, in Adelaide's east, within 10 minutes and quickly helped her out. Authorities say it could have been much worse.
"It's all a matter of angles, I suppose they could have dropped to the bottom, which could have been a different scenario," MFS station officer Chas Thomas said.
The crash happened exactly one week after another elderly driver careered off the first level of a multi-storey shopping centre car park in Adelaide's south, with the car landing on the roof.
The 90-year-old man behind the wheel also survived, although narrowly missed pedestrians waiting at a nearby bus stop. It's understood he simply hit the accelerator instead of the brake.
Some social media users today expressed frustration over both incidents, although police have not determined what caused Friday's crash.
"Yet another elderly diver who has hit the “accelerator instead of the brake”, luckily no one died. This crap will continue to happen until the medical profession are held to account for signing off on the license renewal forms!!" wrote Tony Vidorin on 10 News First Adelaide's Facebook page.
Another user, Julie Seifert, commented: "Unfortunately the elderly tend to panic and that’s when they hit the wrong pedal. Their reactions times are compromised too as they get older."
Police are still investigating the circumstances around the latest crash.
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