Janie Queen was a 2010 graduate of Havelock High School

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:25 PM.

Smith said he was on his way home from Virginia when he saw a man run across the street and others nearby.

“I saw the headlights of the car and I ran as fast as I could to get down there.” Smith said.

He said it took only a few seconds to get to the banks of the creek but the car had already submerged.

Miller was on his way to the Navy Federal Credit Union when he stopped to help and jumped into the water.

“These guys were running around and I stopped and went down there,” he said. “They said there was a lady in the water and I jumped in. I could feel the heat from the exhaust but I couldn’t get to it. Everybody was looking around and had a worried look on their face.”

Both Smith and Miller said they had had rescue swimmer training but neither man was able reach the vehicle.

“I’ve got my WSQ (water survival qualification) but I couldn’t do that,” Miller said.

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