Woman, Giant Teddy Bear Soaked After Hitting Hydrant

Brand new Prius loses control and hits fire hydrant

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012  |  Updated 10:23 AM PDT
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Hydrant Crash Soaks Woman, Teddy Bear

A firefighter takes a giant soaked teddy bear from a woman's car Valentines Day night after the car spun out of control and hit a fire hydrant.

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A woman crashed her week-old Prius into a fire hydrant Wednesday morning, sending a 120-foot geyser into the streets.

The woman said she pushed her brakes too hard and spun out of control, taking down a hydrant Downtown on the B St. offramp from I-5.

The accident happened at about 1 a.m., after the woman was returning home from a comedy club, a friend told reporters.

The woman was unharmed in the accident.

The geyser soaked her and her car completely. Friends brought blankets and consoled her with hugs.

In a lighthearted moment, firefighters pulled out a four-foot teddy bear, soaked from the hydrant.

"I got it for my friend -- it's not even mine," the woman laughed.

"Her car was engulfed in water," said the woman's friend, Matthew Loeffer. "She was drenched in the process. The bear was drenched in the process."

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