Woman drives car into Cuyahoga River, transported to hospital

Emergency crews lift a car out the Cuyahoga River off North Mantua St. on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Karl Schneider

The Kent Police and Fire departments responded to a call that a vehicle had driven into the Cuyahoga River around 3 p.m. Friday.

The driver of the car was in the parking lot of Riverside Wine and Imports on North Mantua when she drove into the river.

A Kent police officer said a train operator spotted the vehicle in the river and notified authorities. Robert Morson, owner of Riverside Wine and Imports, said police came into his store a little before 3 p.m. to ask how to access the river.

Kent Fire Chief John Tosko said the female driver was the only person in the car.

The woman was able to pull herself from the car and waited on top of the car in the river until rescue crews arrived. She was transported to Akron City Hospital. An officer said alcohol was suspected in the incident but would not comment further.

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Karl Schneider is an administration reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].