Woman Died, Car Rolled Into South Bay Pond

One woman was killed Sunday afternoon when her car went off the  Almaden Expressway onramp to state Highway 85 and landed in a pond, according  to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

Witnesses say the vehicle, which appears to have been traveling  from a nearby Costco store, failed to make a turn on the ramp and instead  drove straight up a curb, through a fence and into the pond around 2:40 p.m.,  CHP Officer DJ Sarabia said.

The car became submerged in the pond, which Sarabia said serves as  a holding tank for the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Bystanders and emergency responders tried to reach the driver, who  was trapped inside, but were unsuccessful.

Sarabia said the woman, whose identity has not yet been released,  was removed from the vehicle by divers around 3:15 p.m. and taken to Santa  Clara Valley Medical Center, where she was declared dead.

Although initial reports suggested there might be more than one  person in the car, Sarabia said divers found only one victim.
Investigators have not yet determined whether the woman was  speeding or what caused the accident, Sarabia said.

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