An elderly woman in Austin, Texas got a scare when she accidentally drove her Dodge Neon into a swimming pool during what was supposed to be a routine trip to the grocery store. Security cameras caught 86-year-old Mary Lee Fine as she barreled through a fence, hit some patio furniture and splashed down. Fortunately, a steel lawn chair wedged itself beneath the rear of the vehicle, keeping Fine above water long enough for a caregiver at her living facility to wade into the water and pull her from the partially-submerged Mopar.

Details on how the fiasco occurred are murky, though Fine said that she had to get into her vehicle from the passenger side because someone had parked too closely to the driver's door. Fine said that in climbing over to the driver's seat, she either accidentally hit the key or the gear shift, causing the Neon to bounce off of a Toyota Celica before driving into the pool. Hit the jump to see the full video for yourself.



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      Stang70Fastback
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, let me get this straight. In climbing from the passenger's seat to the driver's seat, she managed to accidentally put the key in the ignition, accidentally turn it to ON for enough time for the car to start, accidentally depressed the brake pedal while accidentally shifting into reverse, accidentally hit the gas, accidentally knocked it past neutral into drive, and accidentally pressed the gas some more, sending her careening into a pool? That poor, poor old lady! She's so accident prone!
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stang70Fastback
        What's weird is you can still see her in the passenger seat in the security video.
        Kevin W
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stang70Fastback
        Bit of a stretch, isn't it? Had this been you or I, we'd have gotten locked up, license suspended, and sued.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      So she got in the car in the passenger side, it somehow turned on by itself, shifted itself into reverse, gave itself enough throttle to smash into the car behind you, shift itself into drive, give itself more throttle and then smash through an iron fence into the pool. You know, after writing it out like that, it seems entirely plausible...
        puff3456
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Here's what happened, she gets in the passenger door because she cant get in the drivers side, can't climb over the console to get into the drivers seat, so she starts the car and with one leg reaching towards the pedals tries to back the car out of the space so that she can get into the drivers side through the door, using her left foot for gas and brake she presses to hard, hits the car behind her, panics and slams it into drive to stop reversing into the car she's just hit, all still driving with her left foot from the passenger seat, then loses control again into the pool. You can clearly see that she is still in the passenger side in the video.
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @puff3456
          I didn't know 86 year olds knew how to post on the internet. Nice one, Grandma!
        Bill
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris
        While she was climbing from the passanger side, she became errrr....stuck on the shifter and accidentally hit the start button. Glad no one got hurt.
      gergelish
      • 3 Years Ago
      "That pool came out of NOWHERE!"
      Ulf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pure luck she didn't kill anyone! Bet she'll be behind the wheel of her car again, once it's out of the shop, if her license isn't suspended...
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      This gives real meaning to joining a driving pool.
        BDolman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        its called a car pool, and its still not funny
          cdquinton
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BDolman
          It may be carpool in your country, it may be called something different somewhere else.
      Anubis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did she just move to TX from FL?
      naenae663
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is dumb. If a car was set in drive, it wouldn't move that fast unless her foot was on the gas. I'm calling shenanigans...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @naenae663
        [blocked]
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was so ready to hear her say "I hit the gas when I thought I was hitting the brake!" I don't buy her story in the slightest bit - that car didn't just ROLL into the swimming pool, it flew into it and could have easily killed someone. If she had hit the brake or gearshift like she claimed, the only way it would have launched into the pool like that would have been if the pas pedal was already floored.
      jaeyoungboyeee
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is a little off topic but... I honestly think every state should mandate a law at a certain age (lets say 60 or something) to retake a drivers test to see if they are liable to drive anymore. In all honesty, I see old folks here and there who probably shouldn't be driving. Let alone the crazy drivers who race on a busy road like its a race track. thats just my opinion.
      Mjames
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time to end her driving before she kills herself or someone elsr.
      TheStagg
      • 3 Years Ago
      "oh hell im going to drown .. okay .." looks like this wasn't her first time!
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TheStagg
        Weekly carpooling to Bingo Night, someone's bound to get the pool bit confused.
      schettly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Um...how on earth did she "accidently" knock it into gear? I thought one had to apply the brake in order to shift the car into any gear?? At least that has always been a feature on the cars I drive....Anybody???
        mbmech27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @schettly
        your right it should have a safety switch also that car was not idle when when it hit that gate it was under power maybe even full power the states need more money why not make unsafe drivers take a test every year to prove they are still able to drive
        wants ls wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @schettly
        Brakes plus a button on the shifter, most likely. This woman was probably more confused than she lets on.
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