SUV Plunges Into Backyard Pool in Spring Valley

Investigators say the road was wet and slick from rainfall right before the crash

A 35-year-old driver caused quite a splash in Spring Valley Tuesday when she accidentally crashed into a backyard swimming pool.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said the accident happened around 10:40 a.m. in the 400 block of Broadview Street.

CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein said the woman was in her 1999 Mitsubishi Montero SUV, waiting at the intersection of Elkelton Boulevard and Paradise Valley Road. As the light turned green, the driver turned left onto westbound Paradise Valley Road and lost control of the SUV.

She veered to the right and slammed through a wooden fence, crashing into a swimming pool in the backyard of a home, Pearlstein said. The front of the SUV was submerged in the water.

The driver was pulled from the car by firefighters. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. No one else was injured in the collision, CHP officials confirmed.

The crash is under investigation, but Pearlstein said alcohol or drugs are not suspected as factors.
Investigators said the roadway was wet and slick due to Tuesday’s summer rainfall, which may have contributed to the crash. Initially, investigators said the driver may have also been driving over the speed limit.

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