Woman, 25, dies after driving car into Fall Creek
A woman has died after police say she drove her car into Fall Creek early Friday morning.
IU Methodist Hospital confirmed to the Indianapolis Fire Department that the woman, 25-year-old Miranda Dermanelian, died from her injuries.
Chopper 13 captured the moments divers jumped in to the frigid water to rescue the driver. The crash occurred at an extremely busy area. Emergency vehicles fought traffic to get to the location. It happened at the point where Allisonville meets Binford Boulevard at Fall Creek just before 8:00 am Friday morning.
Witnesses told rescuers the woman, later identified as 25-year-old Miranda Dermanelian, was driving southbound on Allisonville Road when she veered off the road and went into the water.
Three witnesses jumped into the 46-degree water and tried to help. Other bystanders saw them use a hammer to break out a driver's side window in hopes of pulling Dermanelian out, but water currents pushed the car 35 yards downstream. Then it dipped entirely below the water's surface before the good Samaritans were able to pull her to safety.
"The car was drifting down by those trees," described Laurie Peters, a witness to the accident. "They busted in the driver's rear window but the car went under. They couldn't get her."
A few minutes later, firefighters arrived and were able to get the driver out. She was immediately taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Rescuers do not believe anyone else was in the car.
Around 10:00 a.m., rescue crews pulled the driver's SUV, a white GMC Jimmy, out of the water. Reconstruction crews are still on the scene investigating what caused the driver to go into the water. Witnesses told Eyewitness News Dermanelian was driving fast and ran a red light.
The three would-be rescuers who jumped in after the driver left before firefighters arrived. Authorities have asked the trio to contact investigators to share any information they have about what happened.
What's still a mystery is what caused Dermanelian to drive her car off the road, and why the three good Samaritans didn't wait.