Randolph woman dies when SUV crashes into swimming pool at apartment complex
A 58-year-old Randolph woman died today when she crashed her car into a Randolph swimming pool, police said.
At 12:46 p.m., police, firefighters, and EMS workers responded to 59 Highland Glen Drive, where the woman’s car had gone through a fence and into a pool, said Police Chief William Pace.
A good Samaritan and a police officer pulled the woman from her car, Pace said.
CPR was administered on the scene, and the victim was transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, where she was pronounced dead. The woman was in the water for roughly three to five minutes, Pace said.
Pace said he could not confirm whether the woman had a medical episode before the incident, adding that it remained under investigation.
He declined to identify the woman, because her family had not been notified.
The roof of the vehicle was visible in the pool at the Castle Village apartment complex at around 3:45 p.m., three hours after the incident, as workers continued to drain the pool.
Pat McKeown, 51, said she was in her apartment when she heard a crash and saw the vehicle floating in the water.
She said she saw a man pull the woman from the jeep and begin performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
The woman, who had a bloodied face, was placed on a stretcher and taken away by ambulance, McKeown said.
“It was terrible, sickening,” she said. “I was just glad that there was no one else in the pool at the time.”
The area around the pool was sealed off with police tape this afternoon as officers investigated and other workers began clearing the area. Dozens of onlookers were gathered around the perimeter.
Neighbors said the woman was a longtime resident of the complex who was planning to move to Florida to escape New England winters.
“She showed me the house” in Florida, said Mary Sheehan, 64, a close friend. “She loved the house. She couldn’t wait to get there.”
Sheehan said the woman had health issues, including two prior strokes. She said she had not been feeling well recently, and Sheehan asked her if she had gone to the doctor.
“I didn’t push it,” Sheehan said. “ ... Maybe if I had pushed it, maybe this wouldn’t have happened.”
She said she and the woman went out to dinner on Saturday night.
“Thank God we were out Saturday, and she had a good time,” Sheehan said.
Another neighbor, Kim Mayberger, 45, said the woman was a dedicated member of the apartment complex’s board of trustees.
“I’n just in total shock right now,” Mayberger said.
According to neighbors, the woman was originally from Long Island and worked as an administrative assistant at a local hospital.
She had no children and was unmarried, and had no family in the area.
She lived alone with her dog, Willy, neighbors said.
“He was like her son,” Sheehan said.
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