VIERA, Florida –An 89-year-old Florida was drowned in a freak accident after his car crashed through a fire hydrant and triggered a high-pressure gusher of water that pulled him under as he stepped out of the vehicle, police said.
Robert Dreyer, of Melbourne, was driving his 2016 Mercedes Benz in Brevard County early Wednesday, when he veered off the road and knocked over the pump, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The spraying water quickly ripped a six-foot deep hole in the ground under the vehicle.
“The water started erupting from the fire hydrant. As a result there was a divot in the space where the fire hydrant used to be and right adjacent to his driver’s door, he fell into that divot” Channing Taylor of the Florida Highway Patrol told Florida Today.
Bystanders said high-pressure water began shooting high into the air, hitting the tops of palm trees standing nearby, which made it difficult to get to Dreyer. By the time they managed to pull him free, several minutes had passed.
Dreyer was rushed to a nearby hospital but could not be saved.