Sacto 9-1-1
October 24, 2012
Woman drives car into Sacramento River, swims to safety

During early morning rain, a Walnut Grove woman drove her car into the Sacramento River Wednesday and swam to safety, said the California Highway Patrol.

Maria Lopez, 52, was driving her car northbound on Grand Island Road about 5:35 a.m. when she failed to make the curve in the roadway and drove the car off the road. The car went down an embankment and into the Sacramento River, according to CHP reports.

Lopez was able to get out of the car as it was sinking and started swimming for the shore. She seemed disoriented at first, possibly because of the darkness, and was swimming further out in the river, until a local resident and witness on a nearby shore helped guide her to safety.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene, checked Lopez and found only minor injuries. She declined transportation to the hospital.

No attempts were made to recover the car, because of darkness and rain, and CHP expects to tow it out of the river later today.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Sacto 9-1-1

Sacto 9-1-1 is a blog on crime and emergency services news in the Sacramento region.

Send feedback on Sacto 9-1-1 to Assistant Metro Editor Anthony Sorci at

Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts

Arrest Logs

Sacto 9-1-1 Q&A

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court (Read More)

More Questions and Answers
See all the crime Q&As
Submit your question

March 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives

Kim Minugh on Twitter

Follow "Kim_Minugh" on Twitter

Local Agencies on Twitter