Woman dies after being pulled from vehicle submerged in pond on New Year's Eve

Woman pulled from vehicle in pond dies
Woman pulled from vehicle in pond dies
Woman pulled from vehicle in pond dies
Woman pulled from vehicle in pond dies
Woman pulled from vehicle in pond dies
Posted at 1:20 PM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 13:20:48-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- A woman pulled from a retention pond on New Year's Eve on Indianapolis' south side has died. 

The Indianapolis Fire Department was called to a retention pond at 4909 Sunview Circle at around 8:23 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2017. A woman was trapped in her SUV in the water.

Carol D. Perkins, 49, called 911 from her SUV after it went through the ice over the pond. 

"It's coming in," she said, according to the emergency dispatcher. "It's filling up. It's cold."

When the first responder arrived at the scene, 90 percent of the vehicle was submerged, and they could hear her banging on the glass window.

The first diver, on his first operational dive since graduating from Dive School in October, entered the water and found the vehicle 12 feet under the surface. Three divers broke the sunroof and pulled her out within four minutes of entering the water. She was hospitalized in critical condition at the time. 

Perkins died Tuesday night. Before she died, her family made sure her organ donations went smoothly. She had been a nurse for the last 10 years.  

A bystander told police the vehicle left a nearby parking lot, went over a curb, then slid about 150 yards across the pond before the SUV broke through the ice.

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