Woman Dead After Car Plunges Into Pond

Updated 03/24/11 – 5:24 p.m.

PALATINE, Ill. (CBS) — A woman died Thursday afternoon after the car she was in plunged into a pond on the campus of Harper College in northwest suburban Palatine.

The car went into a pond off of Euclid Avenue shortly before noon on the campus of Harper College, located at 1200 W. Algonquin Rd. in Palatine, officials said.

Divers pulled a woman out of the water shortly after arriving at the scene and took her to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, where she was pronounced dead. She was later identified as Victoria Auer, 64, of 2493 Yarrow Lane in Rolling Meadows, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

It was unclear if the woman worked at the school, college spokesman Phil Burdick said.

Divers continued to search the pond after pulling the woman out, in case there were other victims. But no one else was found and the car was later removed from the pond.

Palatine police, Harper College police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office were investigating.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire

  • StupidPeopleFTW

    Neat device, though I’m pretty sure that you could avoid the need for that by NOT DRIVING INTO A LAKE AT A COLLEGE.

  • SpellingIzHawrd

    The pond at Harper?? That’s not even remotely close to the road or parking lot… how the hell do you accidentally drive into that?

  • Joe

    I have spent many a day before class looking at the retention pond, but it is nowhere close to euclid. Maybe the roads were so icy and she was going to fast???

  • Anne

    Maybe she had a medical emergency.

  • Slow Poke Slick

    A tragedy – We should not judge. Barring suicide, nobody drives into a pond of freezing water, so, only an investigation will shed light on this infortunate incident. Our prayers tor her and her family. However, this very well may be the outcome of a mile per hour to fast and an unexpected distraction. Learn to drive slow and pokey, like the proverial liittle old lady on a Sunday afternoon drive. When other impatient motorists honk their horns and insult you, know that it is a complement. Pokey driving provides time to react when everything goes wrong, and you still will walk away. Drive at the limit, and some day you will not.

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    […] As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, drivers pulled Victoria Auer, 64, of the 2400 block of Yarrow Lane in Rolling Meadows, from a vehicle that was found submerged in a pond on the north side of the Harper College campus in … […]

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