Bystanders help pull passengers from lake after car leaves road, plunges into water

Car left road near 116th, Hoosier

FISHERS, Ind. - Bystanders helped rescue people from a lake after a car plunged into the water.

The Fishers Fire Department said a car went off the road and into a lake at 116th Street and Hoosier Road, with two passengers inside.

Carrie Mattingly, 43, of McCordsville was driving, and her 5-year-old daughter was a passenger in the 2010 Honda Pilot.

Mattingly told emergency crews that she was trying to change lanes on a slushy 116th Street when she lost control of the car, left the roadway, crashed through a fence and entered the water.

Eastbound 116th Street was closed while emergency crews responded to the scene and divers worked to remove the vehicle from the water.

Both occupants of the vehicle made it to shore safely, with the help of the three to four bystanders who dove in to assist, including Jeffrey Oliver of Westfield, Chad Basey of McCordsville and Randy Jones of Indianapolis.

Basey told RTV6 it was witness Rhonda Curry who flagged him down as she was calling 911 on the side of the road.

"My daughter goes, 'Daddy something happened... you've got to turn around,'" Basey said.

Basey said he made a quick u-turn, "and I looked and there was the SUV with the lady and her daughter in the middle of the pond."

Basey said Oliver went in the water first, but he started struggling so Basey went in after him.

"He got into trouble so I swam out and got him," Basey said.

Back on the shore, the men knew they still had to act.

"So he went back out and met them, and then I met them and he gave me the girl and I grabbed the girl and swam back to the shore," Basey said.

Basey said he had second thoughts about getting back into the icy cold water, but he knew what had to be done.

"Hearing them screaming for help and knowing that if we didn't do something they're going down, you've got to go," he said.

The vehicle's occupants and the people who retrieved them from the water were all sent to the hospital to be checked out.

Divers reported that the car settled 50 feet away from the shore and about 10 to 15 feet under water in the lake, which used to be a quarry.

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