Bokeelia driver crashes through garage into pool

Posted at 2:07 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 07:13:56-04

BOKEELIA, Fla. -- Some residents on Pine Island are taking the term 'carpool' a little too literally.

The driver of a car had a troublesome mishap at their home on Bokeelia Drive around 1pm Tuesday. The elderly man accidentally drove through the back of their garage and into their home pool.

The home is built on stilts, with the ground level consisting of just the garage.  So when the driver mistakenly went the wrong way, they went right into the pool.

Nobody was injured in the crash.

The man's wife, Pat Maloy, said they had just come back for McDonald's for lunch.  "We wound up in the pool," Maloy said, laughing.

The couple decided to take a trip to the grocery store. That's when her husband Charlie got behind the wheel. "For some reason, his foot slipped and it hit the accelerator rather than the brake," Maloy said.

The car went from the garage, into the pool.  Their sky blue Honda Fit Maloy affectionately called "Baby" was halfway submerged in water.

"If we were going to take the car, we would call her baby. That's what I always called it," Maloy said.

Moments after the crash, the couple got some help from a neighbor some might call a hero: Bobby Duncan.  "My wife came home and said you need to help Charlie and Pat. They've driven their car off into the pool. Charlie was almost out, but his foot was caught in the steering wheel. I helped him get out. Pat was in the backseat. she couldn't open the door from the inside," Duncan said.

"My neighbor got in there and opened it," Maloy said. "It could have been a lot worse. We could have been hurt."

The couple is working with their insurance company to figure out how much it will cost to fix the damage.