WEST DEER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — An elderly woman is dead after her car veered off a local roadway in West Deer Township and landed in a nearby creek.
Authorities say the 83-year-old driver had been diagnosed with dementia. She has not yet been identified.
Officials say the woman apparently drove off of Route 910 and her vehicle ended up in the waters of Deer Creek. The water there is about five feet deep.
Authorities say a fisherman, who was driving by to check the water, saw the car and called officials around 7:40 a.m.
According to the police chief, the woman got out of her car, put her keys in her handbag and stepped into the water; apparently think she had just parked her car.
The front of the vehicle became submerged in the water and the woman’s body was found about 500 feet away from the scene.
There is no word yet on how much time may have passed between the car going off the road and when the car was spotted.