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Elderly man dies after driving his car into Feather Sound pond

ST. PETERSBURG — An elderly man died Thursday after he drove his car into a pond at a Feather Sound condominium.

He was identified as Stephen Antic, 92.

Authorities were called to the scene at 2:10 p.m. after construction workers who were on the building's roof saw a blue , 2004 Cadillac drive into the water.

Four firefighters dove into the water to rescue the unidentified man but were unable to pull him from the murky water, which is about 25 feet deep.

"It wasn't in a little bit of water. It was deep down," said Deputy Chief Steven McCarthy of Pinellas Park Fire Department. "They couldn't get him out. They tried several times."

Authorities called the Clearwater Fire Department's dive team, which retrieved the man's body just before 3 p.m., McCarthy said.

The man's car was retrieved several minutes later. Its windshield was smashed.

Neighbors said the man lived at the condominium complex, called Crystal Bay.

Leo Ducharme, 74, said the man had a European accent and spoke broken English. He had a daughter who also lived at the complex and a sister who often visited, neighbors said.

Ducharme, a retired teacher, said his wife had just talked to the man, who was on his way out to do errands.

"He kept pretty much to himself," Ducharme said. "It's sad. He was very old."

Pinellas Park Fire Department and the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the incident.

"We're not clear at all why this happened," McCarthy said.

Elderly man dies after driving his car into Feather Sound pond 04/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 8, 2010 10:27pm]
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