MISSOURI CITY, Texas – A woman is dead after authorities said she drove into a neighborhood lake.
The incident was reported around 10:10 p.m. Monday on Kirkpatrick Way and Riverstone Crossing Drive near University Boulevard in Missouri City.
Deputies with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said someone saw the vehicle in the water and called authorities.
When they arrived, authorities said they found a sedan in the water, so they jumped into the lake in an effort to rescue anyone inside.
Authorities broke the driver’s side window and were able to pull the woman out of the vehicle, deputies said. The woman was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, where she later died.
The woman has been identified as 36-year-old Aisee Mwembo, of Sugar Land.
“We called out the Houston Police Dept Dive Team to recover the vehicle and to check and make sure there’s no one else in the vehicle,” said Sgt. Danny Beckworth, with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. “They confirmed that there is no one else in the vehicle.”
Neighbors in the area told KPRC 2 reporter Taisha Walker that this is not an isolated incident.
“We were very upset because this is the third time this happened in the last two years,” said one neighbor who did not want to be identified. “We were here (when) a car actually got submerged in the water.”
The neighbor said she was awake when Mwembo drove into the lake late Monday.
“I actually heard it last night,” she said. “I heard the police and ambulance coming over, and I looked out of the window and saw that there was a car in the water and police and ambulance (were) doing rescue."
The Homeowners Association for the area said it is aware of the issue and is working to better warn drivers by adding signs near the lake. Neighbors think a fence is the way to go.
“I think it would be much, much safer for the community if they would resurrect a fence or wall just out of safety so people are a little more cautious since the end of the road is right next to the water,” the unidentified neighbor said.
Deputies said Mwembo had recently started a new job in the area. Authorities are still working to determine if fog and unfamiliarity may have played a role in the crash.