Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

Good Samaritan to the rescue when woman's car winds up in Dunedin pond

A good Samaritan is being credited with helping rescue a woman whose car plunged into a retention pond when it was cut off Thursday afternoon.

According to Pinellas County sheriff's deputies, Bailey Hartman, 20, was traveling south on Belcher Road in Dunedin about 4:30 p.m. when she was apparently cut off by an unidentified vehicle traveling northbound that made a U-turn in front of her.

Deputies say Hartman tried to avoid a collision, but lost control and wound up in a retention pond at the corner of Belcher and Solon Avenue.

Joseph Daniel Isabelle, 46, was driving by and witnessed the accident. Deputies say Isabelle immediately pulled over, removed his shirt, set aside his cell phone and jumped into the water. Isabelle assisted Hartman out of her car through her open window (it had been open because her air conditioning was not working) and to the embankment about 20 to 25 feet away. He remained with her until an EMS crew arrived.

Neither Hartman nor Isabelle were injured.

Hartman's vehicle did become completely submerged, and the Sheriff's Office dive team responded to recover the vehicle.

The only description available on the unidentified vehicle that cut off Hartman is that it may be a black two-door — possibly a Chevy.

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