Published DateBARNSTEAD — A young local woman somehow escaped serious injury yesterday after she swerved to miss a deer, lost control of her car, hit a stone wall and landed upside down in a pond.
Police Chief Ken Borgia said Elizabeth Smith, 20 was headed west on Beauty Hill Road at 8:28 a.m. when a deer ran in front of her car. When she swerved to avoid hitting it, police said she left one side of the road, swerved again and left the other side of the road, swerved again and struck a rock wall.
After striking the rock wall, the car became airborne and landed upside down in a portion of Huntress Pond near 266 Beauty Hill Road. Somehow, Smith escaped from the car and, other than some scrapes and bruises, was unharmed.
"I was so relieved that she was out of the car," said Beauty Hill Road resident Tim Eade who heard the crash and ran from his home. He said by the time he got to the side of the pond, the car had already sunk to the bottom.
"The girl was out of her car soaking wet," Eade said, saying her lack of injury was "miraculous."
Police said when they arrived the only thing showing was the bottom half of the car wheels, however ever the people who called 9-1-1 — one of whom was Eade — had reported the driver was already out of the car, was walking around, and had been alone.
"That thing (the car) was just demolished," he said, describing the 2004 Honda Accord as it was pulled from the water by a crew from Loudon Garage.
Borgia said the N.H. Department of Environmental Services went to the pond to evaluate any possible damage. Borgia said there is no suspicion of drugs or alcohol and at this time there are no pending charges.