Deaths Of Mother, Daughter In Car In Waterford Pond Ruled Unintentional

WWJ News
August 22, 2019 - 4:52 pm

WATERFORD (WWJ) - The deaths of two women in an SUV that rolled into a pond in Oakland County have been ruled accidental. 

The Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office, which performed autopsies Thursday morning, found that the women died by drowning, and that they were not intentionally killed. 

According to police, the 83-year-old man in the driver's seat got out to go back inside a condo at the Saybrook Complex, in the 5000 block of Amherst Court, but he mistakenly left the transmission in drive. 

The two passengers -- the man's 81-year-old wife and his 56-year-old daughter, who were both disabled -- were still inside the Ford Escape when it rolled forward, down a small embankment and into the pond. The vehicle went underwater, with both women still inside. 

The women were pulled out by first responders and rushed to area hospitals, but neither survived. 

Their names are being withheld at this time.