Woman Drives Her Car into a Lake, Blames the GPS

A Canadian woman made headlines after driving her car into a lake in Ontario. The 23-year-old female was driving her Toyota Yaris in dense fog, and ended up going off a boat ramp.
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Photo: Andrea Vincze/Tobermory Press Inc.
Apparently, she missed a right turn and was driving on a ship launch. The latter is a road designed specifically to lower or raise a boat out of the water, and it is accessible by car and close to a road.

Unfortunately, it can be easily confused for a regular road if visibility is poor. In the case of this accident, the woman was driving at midnight, during rain and fog. Fortunately for all parties involved, the driver escaped the car without any injuries.

She managed to roll down the windows of the car, grab her purse, and swim to shore. From there she went to a nearby hotel and then phoned the authorities and asked for help.

She explained that she is embarrassed by the situation, but expected her GPS unit to guide her on the right way. This story goes to show once again that you must drive with caution at all times and follow GPS instructions only for orientation purposes, but not with 100% faith that they are precise.

Despite a dip in four-degree-Celsius (39.2 F) water, the driver did not suffer from hypothermia. The latter would have been sufficient to kill a healthy adult, as would have the 30-meter (98-foot) swim to shore.

Those of you who cannot swim are probably terrified by the prospect of ending up in the same situation, but even those who can surely understand how scared the woman must have felt when she found herself in a mass of water at midnight, considering she was driving just a moment earlier.

Katrina Rubinstein-Gilbert, the Constable of the Tobermory Police Department, stated that the driver of the Toyota Yaris requested not to be contacted by the media. The same constable mentioned that the driver was tested for alcohol in her system and that the result was negative. No charges are pending for the 23-year-old driver, the Toronto Sun reports.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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