STANFORD - Two years ago, Harold Baker built his wife, Martha, a heart-shaped pond in their front yard on U.S. 27 South, complete with a heart-shaped island and majestic fountain.
Last week, that heart helped save the life of a water-logged driver as she watched her car sink under almost eight feet of water, the fountain spraying quietly behind her the entire time.
Emergency dispatchers and Lincoln County Sheriff Shelby Lakes reported that Kelee Penman, 31, of Lancaster, was driving south about 8:45 a.m., approaching the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, when she tried to turn right into Baker's driveway to let a tailgating car pass.
Penman lost control of her vehicle, which slid down an embankment before sinking in Baker's pond. Her car missed a guardrail that separates the highway from the pond. Police estimate that she was driving 35-45 mph at the time.