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Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:17 pm | Updated: 9:33 pm, Wed Oct 23, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla. - The driver of an SUV did not suffer any injuries after she hydroplaned into Phillippi Creek Tuesday afternoon.

It happened around 3pm near the intersection of Cattleman Road and Webber Street. According to the driver, Janna Roberts, she had just left Walmart when she lost control of her vehicle. Her Isuzu landed front-first into the creek below. Family members who were nearby, along with several Good Samaritans who witnessed the wreck, were able to remove her from the car and get her to safety.

"I am really grateful. I thank God and all my friends and family that came out here to help me today, and the kids who stopped to help pull me up to the bank. I thought the truck was going to fall on me," said Roberts.

After Roberts exited the vehicle, the strong current pushed the vehicle down stream for about a half mile. Tow truck drivers tried on three different occasions to pull the SUV up to the shore. The third time was successful, 5 hours after the crash.

Video courtesy Jamie Sullivan.


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  • Jill posted at 10:14 pm on Wed, Sep 25, 2013.

    Jill Posts: 2

    To set the record straight this statement was incorrect, "After Roberts exited the vehicle, the strong current pushed the vehicle down stream for about a half mile." the first Tow Truck driver incorrectly tried to pull the SUV out of the water against the advice of the owner's fiance and caused the SUV to go into the water further than it had originally been. A cable to the bumper hitch doesn't work when you are pulling a vehicle that heavy in the situation it was in. He didn't want to get his sneakers wet! I have the original before he got there picture!

  • Jill posted at 11:16 pm on Tue, Sep 24, 2013.

    Jill Posts: 2

    I would like to thank EVERYONE who helped my daughter out of her truck, stayed with her offering support, etc. In addition, those who helped her fiance get the truck out of the water!! Unfortunately, I guess the news left out the part my daughter had told them how incompetent the first tow truck driver was which caused the truck to go INTO the canal! I have the first picture to prove such!