Friday, January 16, 2004

Boone deputies lift car in creek to free motorist



By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

UNION - Three Boone County sheriff's deputies are credited with helping pull an unconscious woman from an area creek.

Brenda Lafkas was driving to work Wednesday night when her car ran off Gunpowder Road and into a creek that shares that name.

Lafkas was thrown from the car. The 60-year-old Florence resident was unconscious, with her legs trapped under the car and her face submerged in water.

Witnesses to the wreck stopped along the side of the road to try to save the woman from the foot-deep water. Three Boone County sheriff's deputies, who were returning from training, saw the commotion in the creek and stopped to see what was happening.

Deputies Gary Peace, Dave Robinson and Tim Adams were soon in the water lifting the Chevrolet Corsica enough to free Lafkas' legs. One of the witnesses was told to hold Lafkas' head above the water and the other, James Randall of Burlington, was instructed to pull her from beneath the car.

The deputies lifted the back of the car, and Lafkas was freed. She was taken to University Hospital, where family members said Thursday night she was expected to make a full recovery.

Lafkas declined a request for an interview, but relatives said she wanted to thank all those who help saved her life.

E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com




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