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Pasadena woman drowns after driving around barricades and into floodwater in Chino

December 27, 2010 |  8:59 pm

A 67-year-old Pasadena woman drowned when her car was submerged in floodwater in Chino on Christmas Day, authorities said Monday.

About 8:30 that night, Joan Oden drove her 2001 Mercedes past numerous orange cones and barricades that indicated the road was flooded and closed to northbound traffic on Euclid Avenue near State Route 71. The California Highway Patrol received three 911 calls about the incident from witnesses at a nearby dog park, authorities said.

Several bystanders saw Oden's car go into the water, which covered the road. When they pulled Oden out of the car, she was not breathing and had no heartbeat.

Oden was taken to Chino Valley Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.


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