A woman died Sunday hours after her car sped into a Mesa canal and despite three witnesses’ attempts to save her.
Police said three men went into the canal, near Brown Road and Miller Street just west of North Stapley Drive, removed the woman from her car and performed CPR.
She was taken in serious condition to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, where she later died. The victim has been identified as 41-year-old Tamera Marler.
The woman was traveling west at about 9:15 a.m. when her car spun off the road. Her vehicle ended up facing east in the canal.
Mesa police spokesman Steven Berry said witnesses reported that the woman was driving fast through the intersection and her car flipped 360 degrees — “end over end” — into the water. She hit a fence, posts, and a tree when her car went off the road, he said.
“You need a fair amount of speed to get through what she did,” he said.
Authorities estimated that she must have been going more than 60 mph in a 40 mph zone. Police will determine her actual speed by analyzing skid marks left on the road.
Mesa residents David Luna and his wife, Tina, were on their way to church when they saw the car speed through the intersection and run off the road.
“The first thing I thought was that we had to get down there,” David Luna said. “It (was) the right thing to do.”
David Luna said another man was already in the canal helping the woman when he got into the water.
Luna said the woman was pinned in the driver’s seat which had folded forward in the crash.
A third bystander joined them and the three men got the woman out of the car. One began performing CPR on her on the canal bank.
Tina Luna, who watched the attempted rescue, said that she and her family paused for a moment “to pray ... to pray for her.”