Published: Wednesday, October 06, 1999
Two police officers went into the murky, 59-degree water to try to rescue the victims. The officers were treated for exposure. Police divers had to break a window to pull out the victims: Shirley Combest, 33, a long-distance operator for Sprint; her daughter, Shaniqua, 8; and her son John, 6. Ms. Combest had a teen-age son who was not in the car. Ms. Combest had a history of depression and had been under a doctor’s care a few months ago, said her mother, Ruthie Mae Combest. She said her daughter also was grieving over the death of an older sister in a car accident last month. “She was taking it awful hard,” the mother said.