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Vehicle goes into city pond, driver saved by two men

(Source: John Shipman) (Source: John Shipman)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A woman, whose vehicle plunged into a city pond, can thank two passersby for saving her life.

Around noon Monday, Carolyna Shoopman of Bay was traveling west on East Washington near the Marion Berry Overpass when she turned onto Matthews and lost control of her vehicle.

Shoopman told Jonesboro police she misjudged the turn and struck the curb. She said once her Chevy Trailblazer started down the hill she was unable to stop the SUV and it traveled into the water.

Two men who witnessed the vehicle drive into the pond jumped out and pulled her out of the water before her SUV went under.

"It was just God's timing," Matt Cook said of being able to help save Shoopman. 

Cook said he and David McCarthy, who also helped to save Shoopman, saw Shoopman "had ran across the road and so that got our attention." 

"You don't really have time to think about it then.  She was obviously in need. She's an elderly lady and the thought of it being cold crossed my mind once was in there," Cook said. 

McCarthy said the opportunity to help save Shoopman was almost second-nature. 

"I'm an ocean lifeguard back home.  So, that's pretty much why this is, not normal, but I mean I've seen stuff like this before," McCarthy said. 

Shoopman was taken to NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic was delayed near the intersection of E. Washington Ave. and E. Matthews Ave. as the vehicle was pulled out.

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