Woman dies after her car plunges into New York creek despite local cop’s ‘heroic efforts’


Woman dies after her car plunges into New York creek despite ‘heroic efforts’ of cop who had to be hospitalized after trying to save her

  • A car took off from a Westchester gas station and crashed into a creek
  • A woman was trapped inside and died despite extraordinary effort of a local cop
  • The cop was treated for unknown injuries at the hospital 
  • The incident happened Friday morning in Pelham Manor – near the border of Westchester County and the Bronx
  • The cause is still under investigation  










A woman died after driving her SVU into a canal in Westchester County near the Bronx border early Friday morning. 

She was inside the truck at a gas pump at in Pelham Manor – a small village sandwiched between the Bronx and the city of Mount Vernon in Westchester – when it suddenly accelerated through a fence, dropped about 20 feet and plunged in Eastchester Creek, Pelham Manor officials said. 

“Despite the heroic efforts of first responders, the driver did not survive,” the village of Pelham Manor said in a statement. 

A SUV was stopped at a gas station in New York before it took off and plunged into the water

A SUV was stopped at a gas station in New York before it took off and plunged into the water

The SUV was submerged, and a local police officer who jumped into after the car couldn't get the locked door open

The SUV was submerged, and a local police officer who jumped into after the car couldn’t get the locked door open

The truck was finally fished out of the water around 10am Friday

The truck was finally fished out of the water around 10am Friday

A woman’s body was recovered but has not yet been identified. 

 Witnesses say the the first responder on the scene was a police officer who risked his own life to try and save the driver.

“He immediately took off all of his uniform and jumped into the water. He must have been there at least 15-20 minutes,” witness Jose Miranda told CBS. 

The officer who first jumped into the water was identified as Pelham Manor Police Officer John Luiso. 

Village officials said Luiso reached the vehicle but was unable to remove the driver from the locked car. Officer Luiso was taken to the hospital. 

“He was doing the best he can, but it was pretty much hopeless. Because if you know these waters, there’s nothing but glut, mud, and just nasty stuff in there. You can’t see,” another witness John Valente told CBS.  

The jumped was finally pulled out of the water around 10am. 

Emergency personnel didn’t have a cause of the accident – if it was human error a malfunction.  

A FDNY boat took the SUV away

A FDNY boat took the SUV away 

Multiple agencies responded

Multiple agencies responded 

DailyMail.com left a message with Pelham Manor village manager and multiple first responders at the scene.  



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