80-Year-Old Driver Rescued From Lake Has Died: BSO

Josefa Luz Garcia died Sunday at 11:13 a.m. at North Broward Medical Center

Monday, Jan 30, 2012  |  Updated 10:15 PM EDT
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The 80-year-old woman who drove backwards into a Deerfield Beach lake and then was rescued from her sunken car and revived has died, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Josefa Luz Garcia died Sunday at 11:13 a.m. at North Broward Medical Center, two days after she backed out of her space at Century Village and kept going over an embankment and into the water, the BSO said.

Her Chevrolet Impala was at the bottom of the 12-foot-deep lake when rescuers broke a window and pulled her out. She was in full cardiac arrest, firefighter paramedics restored her pulse on the way to the hospital.

Detectives concluded there was no mechanical malfunction of her car, the BSO said.

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