Broward County

Divers pull body from a truck that plunged into a canal

Jimmy Jones tried to swim toward the embankment after he lost control of his Ford Ranger truck and drove into a Lauderdale Lakes canal Thursday morning.

But Jones, 60, didn’t make it.

Broward Sheriff’s Office divers plucked Jones from the Middle River Canal. He was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

According to BSO, Jones was heading westbound on Northwest 39th Street near 31st Avenue around 10 a.m. Thursday when he apparently lost control. The pickup turned left sharply and crossed over the eastbound lanes and into the grass swale and eventually into the canal.

Witnesses told deputies that Jones was able to get out of his truck, but slipped under the water before reaching the shoreline. A Good Samaritan jumped into the canal to try to save him.

It did not appear that any other vehicles were involved in the accident, according to BSO.

Anyone with information is asked to call BSO Traffic Homicide Investigator Det. Michael Wiley at 954-321-4840.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal