VIDEO: TX Deputy Dies After Car Falls Into Sinkhole
Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara died when her car was swallowed by a massive sinkhole Sunday night, according to the Bexar County (TX) Sheriff's Office.
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau issued the following statement Monday after learning about Nishihara's death:
"We are heartbroken to confirm Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara passed away after her car fell into a sinkhole Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. 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."
Nishihara's family said she was driving to work when she fell in the sinkhole.
SAWS and San Antonio fire officials said the ground ruptured sometime before 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Quintana Road after a 96-inch sewer pipe ruptured. Officials said two vehicles fell into the sinkhole. One was driven by a 60-year-old man, who was rescued by two Good Samaritans.
First responders arrived and found a second car submerged in the 10-foot sinkhole. Crews were finally able to pull both vehicles out just after 2 p.m. Monday.