Off-duty fire lieutenant stops to help after 2 SUVs collide, land in pond

Florida Highway Patrol says no one injured in crash on I-95 ramp

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – An off-duty fire lieutenant stopped to help when troopers said two SUVs went into a pond near Interstate 95 at International Golf Parkway after a crash just before 4 p.m. Monday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a Toyota Highlander traveling south on the I-95 entrance ramp from eastbound IGP failed to yield to a Chevrolet TrailBlazer traveling south on the I-95 entrance ramp from westbound IGP. 

Troopers said the left side of the Highlander struck the right side of the TrailBlazer, and the collision caused both SUVs to go off the road, down the hill and into the pond. 

Fortunately, troopers said, the driver of the Highlander, a 60-year-old Jacksonville man, and the driver of the TrailBlazer, Racquel Domingo, were not injured.

Domingo told News4Jax she couldn't swim in the deep water, but Lt. Jerome McIntee, with the Clay County Fire and Rescue Department, saved her. 

"I'm glad you were there," Domingo told McIntee, whom she describes as her angel, when they reunited after the crash. 

Lt. Jermone McIntee, with the Clay County Fire and Rescue Department, pulled Racquel Domingo out of the water after her SUV and another vehicle crashed and landed in a pond.

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