UPDATE (3:38pm – January 17, 2021) Passerby pulls driver from the water.
Around 3pm Sunday, during snowy conditions, a woman lost control of her vehicle on Swan Pond Circle Road and ran into the nearby lake. A passerby saw the car go into the water and alerted authorities. The Roane County Rescue Squad and Sheriffs Department personnel rushed to the scene. According to eye witnesses, Brody Roberts rushed into the water, in just his underwear, and was able to swim out to the car and pull the driver out just as the car went under. According to Trooper Debroc’s report, the driver was identified as 60-year-old Cecelia Sandifer from Harriman. She was not injured. Sgt Woody, who assisted Devroc, told Dudley Evans at the scene that she allegedly had a medical condition prior to leaving the roadway and entering the cold frigid water. Swan Pond Circle Road at the scene was closed for the duration of the incident, which was about 2 hours, before the car was pulled from the water and the scene cleared.