A 92-year-old woman is home from the hospital a day after a stranger pulled her from her submerged car.
Jane McClung said Thursday evening she plans on meeting the man who saved her life after she lost control of her car and drove into a pond.
Looking back at pictures of her car sinking into a residential pond and then being pulled out by a tow truck, McClung said it’s easy to see why she feared for her life on Wednesday.
“The water was coming into the car and just about to drown me,” she said.
McClung said she was driving home from the grocery store and rounded a curve a little too fast, which sent her careening down an embankment into the water.
“The water just kept coming higher and higher in the car, and I knew I had to do something,” she said.
She said the water was up to her chest in moments, and the pressure from the water made it impossible for her to open the door.
But a man driving on the same road saw McClung’s car and jumped into the water to help.
“He was definitely a lifesaver for me,” McClung said.
The man has asked to remain anonymous for now. He said he’s just a regular person who did what he could to help someone in need.
However, McClung has learned the man’s name and said she wants to meet him again -- this time without the need for a watery rescue.
“I could never thank him enough. I’m very grateful and I think he was a Godsend for me,” McClung said.
McClung’s car is totaled and she lost the groceries that were in her car. But she did learn that the man who saved her dropped off ice cream at her neighbor’s home after learning McClung had been taken to the hospital after the accident.
The town of Mooresville will honor the man at its July 2 board meeting.