Sinkhole in San Antonio Swallows Two Vehicles, Kills Sheriff's Deputy

San Antonio Fire Department

On Sunday evening (Dec. 4), a sinkhole in San Antonio swallowed two vehicles, claiming the life of a Bexar County Sheriff's deputy.

Emergency crews recovered the body of Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara, a part-time deputy, on Monday afternoon. Nishihara died on Sunday evening when her car was submerged in 12 feet of water, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Department.

The sinkhole occurred at the 8400 block of Quintana Road in Southwest San Antonio and was first reported around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening. Officials believe a ruptured sewer line caused the sinkhole.

The second vehicle belonged to a 60-year-old man. He was driving through standing water when the sinkhole submerged his car. Passersby found the man, and one woman entered the sinkhole to rescue him. She was injured in the process and became trapped with the man. Emergency crews rescued the man and the woman and transported them to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

At the time emergency crews arrived, Nishihara's vehicle was 90% submerged. Fire Chief Charles Hood said the rescue team could not have done much to save her.

On Monday, firefighters used a 100-ton crane was transported to the site and removed the vehicles.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family," said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau in a statement. "Deputy Nishihara worked as a Reserve Deputy from August 2009 to October 2016 before transitioning to a part-time Deputy at the Bexar County Courthouse in October of this year. We are assisting her family as they deal with this tragedy."

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