Woman rescued from SUV in river


Bystanders pulled a woman from an SUV that they saw going into the Brazos River Wednesday night in Waco.

A Waco Fire Department report says they were called out just after 11:00 p.m. to an area off University Parks Drive near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on a report of a vehicle in the water.

When they got there, they notice an SUV in the water upside down with water up to the wheels.

“That vehicle hit the curb, flipped over into the river with the woman inside,” said Sgt. Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department.

Bystanders said they saw the vehicle leave University Parks Drive, go over an embankment and land roof side down in the river.

Three bystanders entered the water and pulled a woman out of the vehicle.

“Here’s a person that they have no clue who she was or what was going on but came to her aid and rescue and if she lives, she owes her life to those that gave CPR, life-saving CPR last night,” added Sgt. Swanton. “We appreciate the citizens for stepping in to do something like that.”

Fire rescue personnel found a Waco police officer already administering CPR to the victim, now identified as 20-year-old Jaqueline Sanchez,when they arrived.

Two Swift Water Team members suited up and entered the water to search the vehicle for anyone else and found no one else in it.

The fire report said Sanchez had a pulse and was breathing when she was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital and was listed in critical condition

After a tow truck arrived on the scene and pulled the 2003 GMC Yukon out of the water it was searched again and no other victims were found.

Waco Police Department spokesman Patrick Swanton said investigators determined that the Yukon had been driven recklessly and at a high rate of speed northbound on University Parks Drive with the driver hit the curb, losing control and driving into the river.

Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

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