Woman Rescued After Car Plunges Into Hackensack River [VIDEO]

Teaneck man helped pull woman from sinking car, witnesses say.

HACKENSACK -- A carwash employee and an unidentified man pulled a woman from her sinking car after the vehicle at a carwash Sunday afternoon, according to witnesses and authorities at the scene.

The woman apparently hit the wrong pedal as she drove out of the wash drive-thru, sending the vehicle into the river and narrowly missing a parked car around 3:30 p.m., authorities and witnesses said. 

Employee John Goez, a Teaneck resident, and another man at Spotless Auto Laundries, near the East Anderson Street bridge, immediately jumped into the river and brought the woman to safety as water flooded the sinking car, said Willie Goez, John’s brother and the carwash manager.

Willie Goez said the car was almost entirely submerged within minutes. 

Authorities said the woman was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center, but not seriously hurt. Her condition was not available Sunday night. 

Hackensack firefighters in a boat searched inside to make sure no one was trapped and had to secure the car so it would not be swept away. Fire crews attached a cable allowing a heavy-duty tow truck to hoist the car from the river.


Click the video above to watch the incident unfold on security camera footage. 

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Art Vatsky July 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Yeah, I am an AARP member but wasn't aware of their policy toward senior driver testing. I am a senior. I enjoy driving when I have to drive. I want to keep driving safely as long as I can. I think it is a matter of statistics. When the accidents due to elderly drivers gets too high, the politicians will act. Either that, or when some of their loved ones are injured in an accident caused by a senior's "confusion".
GJD July 29, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Where does it mention that she is an elderly woman? Did I miss it? From what I read, it just mentioned a woman who hit the wrong pedal....A bone headed move, no doubt, but really? Assume its an old person?
John Santaella July 29, 2012 at 08:08 PM
In the original story one of the rescuers said: "I thought of my own mother" That paints a fairly good picture.
Al Czervik July 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Elizabeth Moore is 82.
billyubob July 30, 2012 at 03:21 PM
So Sorry to se that happen. NOw lets see it from the lawyers view! CAR WASH @ fault no guard rail or fencing....Have a nice DAY;)


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