Woman killed in Osceola County retention pond crash identified

Published On: Apr 01 2013 04:38:25 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2013 08:48:22 AM EDT

Kissimmee police say at least one person is dead after a car crashed into a pond.


A 64-year-old woman died Monday afternoon after her sport utility vehicle submerged into an Osceola County retention pond, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Mary Arbour, of Laramie, Wy., died in the crash, which occurred around 3:45 p.m. at U.S. Highway 192 and Bill Beck Road, according to troopers.

The FHP said Arbour's vehicle, a 2006 Honda SUV, was stopped on the east shoulder of northbound U.S. 192 and other drivers stopped to assist the driver, who they thought was disabled.

As the witnesses approached the SUV, it drove forward and into a retention pond, troopers said.  Several people jumped in the water to try to help Arbour, but she was trapped inside, troopers said.

Divers later pulled her from the submerged vehicle and she was taken to Osceola Regional Hospital and pronounced dead, the FHP said.

A dog inside the SUV survived the crash and was taken to Osceola Animal Control.

The crash remains under investigation.

Fire officials initially told Local 6 that three people were believed to be in the SUV when it went into the pond.

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