Two pond crashes claim lives

Published 10:35 am Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A man is dead after his car crashed into a pond in the 900 block of South Quay Road on Wednesday morning, the second pond crash resulting in a fatality in Suffolk in the span of about 10 hours.

The victim has been identified as Daniel Post, 53, of Franklin.

Suffolk emergency dispatchers received a call at 5:57 a.m. from a man who told them that his Dodge Dakota pickup had run off the road and was submerged in a body of water, but he did not know his exact location, according to Suffolk spokeswoman Diana Klink.

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Dispatchers “were able to get a ping from the cell phone tower to determine an approximate location,” Klink stated in a press release, and emergency crews from the Suffolk Police Department, Virginia State Police, Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department and Isle of Wight Sheriff’s office began searching for the location of the crash.

Suffolk Police consequently found a set of tire tracks that led to a small pond on South Quay Road, according to Klink. The driver of the vehicle was found dead.

It was Suffolk’s second traffic death in similar circumstances in less than 12 hours.

After a family crashed into a retention pond in the 6700 block of Burbage Landing Circle at 7:58 p.m. Tuesday, Latasha Dubois died at the Maryview Hospital emergency room late Tuesday night. London Dubois Jr., 25, the driver, was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries that were considered to be life-threatening.

Neighbors who responded to the scene quickly rescued a 2-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy from the car. For more information on that story, click here.

Keep checking back at www.suffolknewsherald.com for updates on both stories.