The driver of a $56,000 2014 Chevy Camaro ZL1 had his foot on the accelerator a bit too heavily and then lost control of his vehicle, sending it plowing through a fence and then into a community swimming pool, according to KPRC-TV in Houston.
Ashton Brantley, who knows the driver, said he saw everything.
“I was driving right behind him the whole time,” Brantley told KPRC. “He lost control, and I think he took his traction control off. And then he just hit the curb, and then went into the fence, and then he hit the pool.”
“Whoa. That’s kind of crazy,” nearby resident Kelvin Dorsey told KPRC. “Imagine if I have my child and my baby’s mother walking past here and that was to happen and I was to get hit.”
In order to get the car out of the pool, a tow truck driver had to dive in and head underwater in order to secure chains on the vehicle so it could be towed from the water.
The car was lifted over the fence it had driven through and placed on the ground.
The driver reportedly escaped the sinking vehicle through an open window and swam out; the driver could be cited for failure to control speed, unsafe speed, or other charges.
Any damage to the pool, as well as any chemicals from the car that made it into the water, is the responsibility of the driver and his insurance company — not to mention the pricey ride, which KPRC noted was a total loss.
“It’s definitely unusual, it’s not an everyday event,” said Precinct 4 Sgt. Brent Combs of the Harris County Constable’s Office.