Janie Queen was a 2010 graduate of Havelock High School

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

Both men said the dark water made seeing under the surface impossible and that the cold water temperature made holding their breath for a long period difficult.

“When we dove underneath you could hear the engine running,” said Smith, who had at one point a hammer to attempt to smash the windows of the sunken car and also used a rope in an attempt to reach the vehicle.

A dive team from Atlantic Beach Fire Department was called to the scene and recovered Queen's body about 15 minutes later.

Queen was heading east on the service road in front of the Hampton Inn. As the road curves to enter the Church Road Bridge, the vehicle kept going straight, went down the embankment next to the bridge and into the water. There were no noticeable skid marks on the service road near where the car left the road.

The Havelock Police Department is investigating and has not determined a cause of the crash.

Both lanes of the road and bridge were open at the time of the crash, despite the work of power crews working nearby to reroute lines in anticipation of demolition of the old bridge and construction of a new one.

Construction crews have been in the area of the crash for weeks as work to demolish the 88-year-old Church Road Bridge progresses. Power poles had to be relocated and lines rerouted in anticipation of the construction of the new bridge, which will parallel U.S. 70 and connect the services roads in front of the Hampton Inn on the west side of the creek and in front of the Subway on the east side of the creek.



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