Kids Save Woman From Submerged Car, Witnesses Say

Incident occurred on Maple Ave. in Glen Rock Saturday afternoon.

Neighborhood kids saved a woman from a car submerged by flood waters at the train underpass on Maple Ave., according to witnesses on scene.

At around 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, a woman in a grey Honda Accord was driving north on Maple Ave. when she maneuvered around safety cones set up to prevent passage beyond Glen Avenue. Before she knew it, the vehicle was submerged with what witnesses estimated to be four-to-five feet of water.

Lucky for her, kids in the neighborhood (identified as Mark Mifsud and Luke Kyriazis, both 14) waded through the water and were able to breach the door, freeing her, witnesses said. A Glen Rock volunteer firefighter also helped pull the woman from the standing water, witnesses said.

The driver, who required the use of a cane and was visibly shaken, did not appear injured. Her vehicle was towed about an hour after the incident was first reported.

The road, one of many in Bergen County hit by flash floods, has since reopened. Flash flood warnings were issued to Bergen, Passaic and Essex County.

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Melissa Weathers July 30, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Good job!!
Lawrence July 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I am proud of these boys; they boys did the right thing and should be commended. If I were in that car I would have been scared as all heck. What if this women couldn't get her doors open (too much external pressure, electrical system shorted, etc) and the water kept rising? You would all be faulting these boys for NOT doing something.
Gabe Alpert July 30, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I see you have the maturity to assisnt a woman out of her car in thigh high water but you have the immaturity to come on here and call people names. There is no need to call him a "doucher." But I am not suprised you would do that because you're not a hero.... Just a juvenile punk who has a dirty mouth
Gabe Alpert July 30, 2012 at 08:36 PM
The idiot driving the car has not been forgotten about, just ignored by all the people who think these kids are "heros"
Gabe Alpert July 30, 2012 at 08:46 PM
If I were there watching this poor excuse of a driver, disobeying road signs, I would probably stand there and yell at her explaining how pathetic she is. Then after I got my words in I would consider wading through the water and attempt to open her door (because if the water pressure was too much for her to open it I would not be able to open it either) But if we look back on the photos, clearly her windows were open and not suffering from an electrical short so she could have just saved herself and not put the boys in danger.
paul smith July 30, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Immaturity? This is coming from someone that is too pathetic to at least post his or her opinion without hiding behind a handle, and a dorky one at that ("wood"?). Usually inane anonymous comments are the MO for the Ridgewood blog. Dangers could have been an electrical short or exploding battery plus stepping in god forbid what that was lingering on the bottom of the road.
RdgwdGRock July 31, 2012 at 12:23 AM
were free drinks being served in the captain's lounge?
paul smith July 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Well, the driver was an 81 year old Fairlawn resident. She was hit with a summons. Either she's an idiot or she should have her license yanked for being an unfit driver.
Gabe Alpert July 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM
And THAT'S the way the cookie crumbles.
Johnny Tran July 31, 2012 at 03:53 AM
The two kids were noble for getting wet and opening a door, but definitely not heroes. I wouldn't call it heroic preventing the death of someone ignorant enough to drive around around a roadblock, down a 30 foot ramp of water until the car was almost fully submerged, then proceed to sit there like an idiot. It was her time. And intervening doesn't save her, it just skips over to the next person until it cycles back again.
Gabe Alpert July 31, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Johnny tran, thank you. Your comment should put this situation into perspective for everyone who has commented here.
Johnny Tran July 31, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I mean really, are we really applauding the rescue of a senile old woman who deliberately drove into an oversized puddle? I noticed no one commented about this yet, but the fact that she was driving a Honda 2000 didn't make the situation any better.
Gabe Alpert July 31, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Senile does not do it justice. She's of the age where drivers should be retested to make sure they're still stable enough to hold a drivers license. And she is a prime example as to why elderly people should have their licenses revoked. And there is no reason why she was driving a Honda 2000. She should be in a Buick leSabre.
RdgwdGRock July 31, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I saw the old lady on a tv report; def looks like she should not be driving. perhaps the "heroic" act was not good? what if, 6 months from now, this driver mows over a group of people?
Gabe Alpert July 31, 2012 at 05:35 AM
If she mows over a group or people 6 months from now we should punish Mark and Luke for saving her because they are clearly responsible for her living through such a near death experience.
Concerned resident of wood July 31, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Wow, Johnny Tran shedding a whole new light on the situation. Thank you
paul smith July 31, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Just the same, these 2 guys went above and beyond and should be recognized for getting involved. The woman is an idiot and should have her license revoked and I hope her name and address is published for public humiliation. But dont you think that badmouthing (as some posters did) or trivializing people stepping up sends a bad message? If it was a non-idiot 81 year old not in a Honda getting mugged I would hope some kids would have the cojones these 2 did to step in.
Lawrence July 31, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Gabe Alpert = Jonnny Tran = troll I'm betting money on this one.
luke kyriazis July 31, 2012 at 08:35 PM
You should stop now, what was done was done why are you thinking we were trying to get something out of it, we dont think it would turn out anything like this we didnt want it to. get over it and go on with your life gabe. We all are, i think you should too
Johnny Tran July 31, 2012 at 08:45 PM
maybe if you spent more time doing homework and less time wandering the streets opening up doors to random cars, you could type out coherent sentences. and we call this guy a hero, is this real life?
luke kyriazis July 31, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Ha you're a moron, arguing with a 14 year old who did nothing but a good thing. I shall now be the mature one and walk away.
paul smith July 31, 2012 at 08:52 PM
As Johnny Tran is either anm Aamco employee or a transvestite, ignore him. You 2 did a great thing.i
Johnny Tran July 31, 2012 at 08:58 PM
i'd be ashamed of myself if i were you, go back to the sandbox
Lawrence July 31, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Luke, Johnny/Gabe is a troll. Just look at all of his/her posts. Ignore him/her. You did the right thing without hesitation and the rest of us are proud of you. Enjoy your summer.
Lawrence July 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Gabe/Johnny appeared at approximately the same time on the Patch, post on the same stories, at the same times of day, with the same writing style. Yawn.
Ellen Tahan August 01, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Good job, boys. I am impressed by your selfless actions and kindness. Kudos.
lee resnick August 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Excellent job! We're very proud of you!
Harry August 05, 2012 at 05:43 AM
For all of you saying this was not heroic,think about it. At 14 years old it is.Would you step into that water ? Not knowing if there were any deep holes to fall into? The old lady was stuck,water up to her neck. What they did is heroic. What she did was stupid. Most of us would not have done what they did. I tip my hat to these 2 fine young lads. / :>)
whatever41 August 05, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I don't believe the savage attacks thrown at this woman, sure she did a dumb thing, and these kids did a great thing by coming to her assistance. What do you suggest, take an 81 yr old woman and hang her up by the thumbs? I hope your families are proud.
David Moriah August 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Amen, Craig. Well said.


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