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Woman dies after driving SUV into pool

RANDOLPH — A 58-year-old woman was killed Wednesday when the Jeep she was driving careened through a fence and landed in a swimming pool at her apartment complex here, police said.

Police, firefighters, and emergency medical workers responded at 12:46 p.m. to 59 Highland Glen Drive, where the woman’s vehicle had crashed into the pool, Randolph Police Chief William Pace said at the scene.

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A good Samaritan and a police officer pulled the victim from her car, Pace said.

He said the woman was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, where she was pronounced dead.

She had been in the water for roughly three to five minutes, Pace said.

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The chief could not confirm whether the woman had a medical episode before the incident, but he added that the crash is under investigation.

Pace declined to identify the woman because her family had not been notified.

After the accident, police and other workers drained the pool at the Castle Village condominiums to allow easier access for extricating the Jeep. The vehicle was placed on a flatbed truck and driven away shortly after 5 p.m.

Pat McKeown, 51, said she was in her apartment when she heard a crash and saw the vehicle floating in the water.

The victim, who had a bloodied face, was placed on a stretcher and taken away by ambulance, McKeown said.

“It was terrible, sickening,” she said. “I was just glad that there was no one else in the pool at the time.”

Neighbors said the woman was a longtime resident of the complex who was planning to move to Florida to escape New England winters.

“She showed me the house” in Florida, said Mary Sheehan, 64, a close friend. “She loved the house. She couldn’t wait to get there.”

Sheehan said the woman had health issues, including two prior strokes. She said she had not been feeling well recently, and Sheehan asked her if she had gone to the doctor.

“I didn’t push it,” Sheehan said. She said she and the woman went out to dinner on Saturday night.

“Thank God we were out Saturday, and she had a good time,” Sheehan said.

Another neighbor, Kim Mayberger, 45, said the woman was a dedicated member of the apartment complex’s board of trustees.

“I’m just in total shock right now,” Mayberger said.

According to neighbors, the woman was originally from Long Island and worked as an administrative assistant at a hospital. She had no children and was unmarried, and had no family in the area.

She lived alone with her dog, Willy, neighbors said.

“He was like her son,” Sheehan said.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.
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