Teenager behind wheel of car that crossed Bayshore Blvd. plowed into Tampa Bay

6:11 PM, May 12, 2012   |    comments
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SOUTH TAMPA, Fla. -- Caution tape surrounds a cracked and broken section of the wall along Bayshore Blvd. It's the result of a car that sped down South Boulevard Friday night and crossed all lanes of traffic on Bayshore before, plowing into the bay.

The car was driven by a USF student, 19-year-old Michael Agana. At last check, he is in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital.

The scene is a powerful reminder that it's important to know what to do if a car accidentally drives into water. First, says Bay to Bay Hardware & Pool Manager Mike Pisarski, it's beneficial to carry a center punch in your car.

"All you have to do is put the sharp end of the tool against the window glass and push on it," Pisarski said, "and the tool itself will do the work."

Newer models include safety tools like emergency flashers, and even a blade to cut away at the seatbelt. Other tips, according to experts, include putting your hands at 10 and 2 o'clock on the steering wheel to prepare for the potential impact of airbags. Also, try and put down your window, since it can provide a possible escape route.

In 2010, 10 News highlighted the dangers of accidentally driving into water. Anchor Reggie Roundtree was submerged in a car and showed viewers how to get out alive.

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