The crash that left 5 children submerged in a pond off the northbound exit ramp at Highway 100 quickly caught people's attention, and some who heard the screams for help didn't waste any time calling 911.
Some witnesses who drove by stopped, and others who live in the apartments 75 yards away could hear 23-year-old Marion Guerrido screaming for help after escaping the water without physical injury.
The crash took place shortly after 6 a.m., and since it was still dark outside, neighbors who heard the screams didn't know where the cries were coming from. None who spoke with Fox 9 News said they'd ever expected a car would be submerged in the nearby retention pond.
Jeff Robertson called 911 from his second-floor balcony after hearing repeated cries for help.
"You could barely make out the outline of somebody in the water," he recalled. "She was screaming, so I ran back in and grabbed my phone and called 911. I came back out here and shouted out to her that police were on the way. She stopped screaming at that point."
One passerby actually left the apartment building, went running in the direction of the screams, jumped a fence, and entered the water to try to help. He was able to stand on top of the vehicle, but the water was still up to his neck.
Robertson said he watched as Guerrido was pulled out of the water, but he didn't know until rescuers arrived that there were children in the submerged car.
"I saw them bring the woman out of the water, and then I saw some smaller ones coming out," he said. "They were being carried. I really hope they're going to be okay."
Some of the witnesses who spoke with Fox 9 News say they will never be able to forget hearing the screams, and they say every minute felt like an eternity even though they know that the rescue could have taken longer without them.
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