PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A 61-year-old woman died and a 63-year-old man is in critical condition after the car they were traveling in ended up in a Pembroke Pines canal Wednesday.
Sandy S. Rose, 63, was driving a 2004 Toyota Highlander. Joan E. Rose, 61, was the front passenger. They are both from Miramar.
Witnesses told police they saw the vehicle go off the pavement, over several cement curbs and down an embankment. It ended up in the canal near the Broward County Southwest Regional Library at 16835 Sheridan St.
"It appears likely that the driver suffered an apparent medical complication and lost control of the vehicle while traveling through the parking lot," Sgt. Adam Feiner said in a press release.
Three witnesses and police officers tried to get the women out of the car. Members of the Pembroke Pines police dive team were finally able to get them out.
Fire rescue took them to Memorial Hospital. Doctors pronounced Joan Rose dead. Sandy Rose remained in critical condition.
Westbound traffic was redirected on Sheridan Street at Jaguar Way and Dykes Road. All lanes reopened shortly before 3 p.m.