Driver in Cape canal crash was slumped over at wheel

CAPE CORAL, Fla. A driver was seen slumped over at the steering wheel of a car that wound up plunging into a canal moments later, police said.

Dolores Louise Zearfaus, 67, of the 200 block of 24th Place in Cape Coral, was taken to Health Park in south Fort Myers on Monday with life-threatening injuries after she was rescued from the canal, according to police.

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Zearfaus was driving a Hyundai sedan east on Savona Parkway when she collided with a Kia SUV that was stopped at the intersection of Savona and Chiquita, police said.

She continued through two vacant lots, through the front yard of a home and across Southwest 15th Place before striking a utility pipe and going into the canal, according to police.

A woman named Kat and several other witnesses jumped in to help her out of the car before the Cape Coral Fire Department arrived to take her to a nearby dock.

“I got up and I started running towards the accident and I asked one of my coworkers to call 911,” Kat said. “Life is so precious and I was just at the right place at the right time and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor, police said.

Zearfaus may have suffered a medical episode before the crash, according to police. The driver of the KIA wasn’t hurt.

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See surveillance video taken from a nearby home showing the car going into the canal:

Writer:Chuck Myron
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