The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office identified the man who died after his car became submerged in Mono County Lake, California. Sheriff’s officials revealed the victim’s name as Gerald Simmons, 61, of Las Vegas, on Thursday, July 9th.
The SBCSO made the identification after recovering the man’s body and vehicle from the Upper Twin Lake Thursday. The car accident report disclosed that the crash happened on Wednesday morning, July 8th, around 7:50 a.m., precisely about eight-tenths of a mile west from Charlie Day Road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a male passenger in the wrecked 2013 Chevrolet pickup said that Simmons appeared to suffer some medical event, which caused the car to go off the roadway into the lake. The man was able to free himself from the vehicle, but the victim could not extricate himself.
The Chevrolet rested 75 feet to 100 feet from the shore and about 19 feet down. The CHP said that drugs or alcohol did not appear to have played a role in the crash. There is currently no additional information.
Motor vehicle crashes are caused by several factors that stem from negligence, but at other times, circumstances beyond the control of the driver might lead to collisions. One of those uncontrollable factors is an underlying medical condition.
The latter can be a sudden heart attack, diabetes or epileptic attack. Drivers should only get on the road when they are mentally and physically fit, and park on the slow traffic lane if they feel an attack coming on.
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