Mom dead after vehicle crashes into retention pond

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A woman is dead after the vehicle she was riding in crashed into a retention pond in Suffolk Tuesday night.

Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk said the crash occurred in the 6700 block of Burbage Landing Circle around 8 p.m. A Nissan of an unknown model left the roadway and entered a 4’ to 5’ deep retention pond.

Prior to the arrival of emergency crews, a neighbor, Josh West,  rescued a 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy from the vehicle. Neighbors warmed the children while West went back in for the driver.

London and Latasha Dubois, photo courtesy London Dubois.
London and Latasha Dubois, photo courtesy London Dubois.

The driver, 25-year-old London Doubois,  Jr. of Suffolk, was airlifted by Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with what were believed to be life-threatening injuries. Dale Gauding with Sentara told WAVY.com Doubois was treated and released Tuesday night.

The children were ground transported to Norfolk General and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for treatment. On Wednesday, Klink said both children were at CHKD with non-life threatening injuries.

The mother of the children, 23-year-old Latasha Doubois was found in the water after the Suffolk Police Department Dive Team arrived. She was ground transported to Maryview Medical Center, but was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

West told WAVY.com he heard a loud noise and looked out his window to see the car’s dome light peeking out of the pond.  He yelled out to see if anyone was there and London Dubois responded.

West went in after him and found the two children face down in the water.   He got them to the bank where he began CPR and continued yelling for help.

Luckily, another neighbor, who is an ER doctor was walking his dog.  He resuscitated the girl.  West’s wife took the boy to a nearby home to get warm.

“It’s been kind of a whirlwind,” West said. “I guess I’m still a little shaky, not real hungry, couldn’t’ sleep last night.”

Klink said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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