Police are learning more about the moments leading up to a car becoming submerged in a pond in Berks County on Monday.
The driver of the crashed car, Zachary Fulmer, a student at Oley Valley High School,
was racing another vehicle on Moravian School Road in Oley Township just before it careened into the pond on Gotwals Lane around 3 p.m., police said.
"If I had to guess, they were doing well over 80 miles an hour, if not faster," said Brad Egolf, a witness. "They went by me so fast that it actually scared me."
Fulmer and his 16-year-old passenger managed to make it out of the sinking car uninjured, police said.
Fulmer told investigators that the brakes went out on the car, and police said the brakes were not working when the car was taken out of the pond.
"This is the first time I've ever seen a vehicle lose control at this intersection and actually travel the distance this vehicle did to enter the pond," said Ofc. Michael Lentz, Oley Twp. Police Dept.
Summer Gotwals lives on the property and said she couldn't believe the accident.
"They had driven their car through the fence, which the gate didn't even break. They went under the gate and into the pond," said Gotwals. "It was pretty impressive."
"Parents need to talk to their kids and let them know that the thrill-seeking, doing stuff like this could have a devastating outcome," said Lentz.
Police said they plan to cite both drivers involved.