Drag racing woman rescued by dive team later dies at hospital

Wis. rescue divers pull woman from vehicle submerged in icy river; Paramedics revived her

By Jesse Garza
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE — A 25-year-old woman who was pulled from a vehicle submerged in the icy Menomonee River by members of the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Rescue team died Thursday, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

The vehicle the woman was driving went off the 27th St. viaduct near Canal St. shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Milwaukee police.

A 19-year-old female passenger who escaped from the submerged vehicle indicated the woman was drag racing with another vehicle at the time.

The incident remained under investigation Thursday.

Two divers used arms and elbows to chop through the ice-covered river to reach the woman, who had no pulse and was not breathing when they carried her to shore. Paramedics were able to revive her, a fire official said.

The medical examiner's office was notified of the woman's death at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa on Thursday afternoon, according to an official at the office.

©2015 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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