Woman Drives Into Lake Because GPS Told Her To

May 17, 2016


In news that should be grounds for a revoked license, a 23-year old woman from Tobermory, Ontario drove her car off a boat launch and into a lake because her GPS told her to. Hey, my GPS tells me to do a lot of things that I don't do, which is why I was two and a half hours late for my last date. There was no second date. Or a first one, she was long gone by the time I got there and won't answer my texts.

It was raining [and foggy] and visibility was difficult, so when she approached a boat launch at Little Tub Harbor, she wasn't actually able to see it. When her GPS told her to keep going, she ended up driving straight into Lake Huron as a result.

The woman was able to roll down the window, grab her purse, and swim to shore before the car actually sunk, and according to police, she's in pretty good spirits, all things considered. The car has already been removed from the water, the woman suffered no injuries, and no charges have been pressed

If visibility is so bad you can't see that you're on a boat launch about to drive into a lake, maybe it's time to pull over with your hazards on and wait it out for a little. I've had to pull off the road before when it was raining so hard that my wipers couldn't keep up -- there's no shame in that. Driving into a lake? There is definitely shame in that. That said, I bet somewhere in Tobermory, Ontario right now there's a great deal on a car that will always smell like ass.

Thanks to my buddy Kramer, who would have gassed it and hydroplaned all the way across the lake and made it a shortcut.

  • Michael Nelson

    She wasn't from Tobermory and this was her first time in town. It was a horrible night, and the ramp is really an extension of the main street as it comes in to town off of the highway. Considering that the water is only about 37°F currently, this young lady was lucky to get out with only damaged pride. She easily could have died from exposure.

    I know it's funny to read about these events, but it's obvious that most people posting aren't familiar with the facts of this accident.

    My house looks over this area of the harbour and I think the power was out at the time she missed the turn as well.

  • Matt Hendley

    so she should have stopped driving if it was that dangerous.......

  • GeneralDisorder

    I sold GPS devices when I worked retail and I would tell people why they buy them "this is a map. Think of it as such. It's a $200 map that knows where you are changes while you move but it's still just a map. You have to watch, pay attention, and drive like a sane person."

  • Clipper44

    Whew, at least she not an American..

  • GeneralDisorder

    Apparently the US has better maps than other countries. There's all kinds of these stories in the UK.

  • dougfunnay

    "well i cant see where im going but im going to keep this several thousand pound hunk of steel moving anyway....what could go wrong"
    this woman should have her license revoked for being too stupid to drive
    had there been people there she would have just mowed em down

  • Andrew Newton

    23 year old paper supplier manager, Michele Scott from Ontario...

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