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Elderly couple dead after car plunges into Holiday pond

A crowd gathers where a married couple were killed when their car flipped over and ended up in a pond in Holiday. 

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A crowd gathers where a married couple were killed when their car flipped over and ended up in a pond in Holiday. 

HOLIDAY — A couple who had been married more than 60 years died Wednesday after their car ran off the road and flipped into a pond.

The accident happened about 11 a.m. in Tanglewood Mobile Village, just south of Moog Road, where the couple lived.

Mary Wright Stucky, 85, was driving south on Courtney Drive when she hit the curb at the end of the street and kept going, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Her 2012 silver Ford Fusion went airborne, then plunged into the pond. Her husband, Samuel David Stucky, 88, was in the passenger seat.

Passersby rescued Mrs. Stucky. She was taken to Community Hospital in New Port Richey, where she later died. When rescuers pulled the car from the water, they found Mr. Stucky's body inside.

Mrs. Stucky was the oldest of five sisters, said her third sister, Ellen Gillan, of South Lyon, Mich. She met Samuel Stucky at their church and the pair dated in high school. They married when she was 19 and he was 21.

"She was always very helpful," Mrs. Gillan recalled. As for Mr. Stucky, "he was like a brother almost." Mr. Stucky sold plumbing parts, and Mrs. Stucky was a full-time homemaker who raised their son and daughter.

"He was a good husband," Mrs. Gillan said. "He always did everything for her."

After living in several Michigan towns, the couple retired to Florida, where Mrs. Stucky's mother had lived since 1960.

Mrs. Gillan estimates they were married at least 65 years. They were active at Living Word Church of New Port Richey, though both had suffered health problems in recent years.

"His back was very bad, and she had bone cancer," she said.

Researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report.

Elderly couple dead after car plunges into Holiday pond 11/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:32pm]
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