More than eight hours after a woman drove her car into a swollen creek, crews were able to recover the car she was driving.
At about 6 p.m. Monday, first responders pulled the woman's body, identified as Fawzia Jamshidi, 57, from the creek and transported her to the medical examiner's office. Hours later, the car Jamshidi was driving, a two-door Volkswagen sedan, was also pulled out of the muddy swift waters.
Witnesses called 911 at about 12:30 p.m. and said Jamshidi left the roadway in Lilburn near Harbins Road and Arrowind Road and entered the creek below.
Tire marks show where she veered off the two-lane road a couple hundred feet from the Jackson Creek bridge. Witnesses said the car hit the water and quickly became full of water. They described seeing the car bob up and down with the tail of the car in the air, then go under water.
George Ruiz said he wanted to help save the trapped driver in the water but was too late.
"It is a bad feeling somebody was in the vehicle," Ruiz said. "You think about jumping in the water but you see how fast the water is running, you are putting yourself in danger also too."
Gwinnett County firefighters and a swift water specialty team was called to the scene where crews entered the water to attempt to locate and rescue the driver.
The river was swollen from the heavy rains.
After several hours, crews found the car and Jamshidi deceased in the vehicle.
Lilburn police are handling the investigation.
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