Good Samaritans rescue man from Fishers pond

PD: Perry is in medically induced coma

FISHERS, Ind. - A man was hospitalized Tuesday morning after his car went into a pond near 126th Street and Hawks Landing Drive in Fishers, police said.

Just before 8:30 a.m., dispatchers said three people who were driving past the pond near Olio Road spotted the car and ran to see if anyone was inside. The good Samaritans said a man was trapped inside so they broke the back windshield and pulled him to safety.

The victim was later identified as 55-year-old Ronald Perry of Anderson.

One of the good Samaritans, later identified as Amber Ross, led the rescue effort, police said. She has past military experience working as a medic.

"For me, that’s the remarkable part, because I’m never late anywhere. The fact that I happened to be running late today was probably the biggest miracle of all because it just put the right people in the right place at the right time. The way the car was situated, I don’t know that it would have been readily visible if it hadn’t been seen," Ross said. 

Two other men helped Ross pull Perry to safety. Ross performed CPR until medics arrived.

"I feel like what I did is what anyone would do if they were faced with a situation where someone needed help, or at least that I would like to think that anyone would be that way," Ross said.

Perry was rushed to IU Saxony Hospital in serious condition, police said.

Fishers police later confirmed Perry was in a medically induced coma, but the hospital would not comment on his condition.

The initial investigation revealed that Perry was driving westbound on 126th Street and for an unknown reason, his vehicle veered across eastbound lanes, drove over a curb, through a fence and came to rest partially submerged in the pond, police said.

Perry's family said they were grateful for Ross and the other good Samaritans. 

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