SHREWSBURY (CBS) — A 21-year-old man died after he became trapped in his car when it flipped over and submerged in Jordan Pond in Shrewsbury early Saturday morning. Deven Jared Koenig of North Grafton, was rushed to UMass Medical and died from his injuries a short time later.
The Shrewsbury Fire Department said they responded around 4:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found the Nissan Altima on its roof in approximately four feet of water.
“Original reports from the woman that called it in said he was banging on the windows, screaming for help,” said Fire Capt. Aaron Roy.
Rescue teams were initially unable to open the doors of the car because it had flipped, according to firefighters. They then pulled the car out of the water and forced open the door to get the driver out.
The fire department said Koenig was in the water for at least ten minutes before emergency crews arrived.
According to preliminary investigations, the car “failed to navigate a sharp turn in the road at the pond from Lakewood Avenue at Ridgeland road, slid sideways, struck a snowbank, became airborne and landed on its roof in the water,” police said.
Neil Kimball lives nearby. He said this is not the first time a car has gone into the water. “We’ve had people drive straight down the street, actually during the daytime, an elderly man drove right off the ledge here in the brook,” he said. “The road does make a sharp right-hand turn.”