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Car crashes into pool along 'rollercoaster road' in California; woman severely hurt

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An Escondido, Calif., woman was critically injured when a car went off the side of a road and landed upside down in a swimming pool along a stretch of road known to residents as "rollercoaster road."

Ashley Garcia, 23, and her 33-year-old boyfriend were traveling along Calavo Drive just east of Nordahl Road just before midnight Monday.

NBC7 San Diego spoke to one of Garcia's relatives at the hospital. He wouldn't comment on Gracia's condition or the crash, but asked for prayers during this difficult time.

See the original report at NBCSanDiego.com

After the residents of the home heard the crash, they rushed out to see the car in the pool. Neighbor Jarit Welles, 22, dove into the pool and rescued the woman. The man, who was behind the wheel, managed to crawl out of the wreckage on his own, officials said.

When emergency crews arrived, they began CPR and transported her to Palomar Hospital.

The driver has been identified as Robert Aaron Anderson of San Diego.

Officials say Anderson was driving at a high rate of speed when his 2006 Kia Rio veered to the right, crashed through a fence and into a backyard pool.

“We’ve been hearing for years from high school kids and neighbors that they call this 'the rollercoaster road,'” said resident Bill Miller.

“They can actually make the front wheels off the ground and keep them in the air for three or four feet and when they come back down they get that ferris wheel feeling in the pit of their stomachs and they’ll go giggling down the road if they make it successfully,” he said.

Miller told NBCSanDiego he now uses a wheelchair because he was involved in an accident four years ago in which a car traveling down the same roadway at 80 to 90 mph hit him broadside and nearly severed his foot.

California Highway Patrol officers took Anderson to their Oceanside station for questioning.

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