Woman rescued from lake dies
LOCUST TOWNSHIP - The Mount Carmel woman pulled from her car after it drifted into a lake at Ideal Park Campground Thursday afternoon died Thursday night, according to Locust Township police.
Virginia Lindenmuth, 79, of 423 W. Fourth St., had been listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville following the 3 p.m. freak accident, but police reported at 11 p.m. that she had died.
Lindenmuth was pulled out of the driver's side window of the red Buick by 50-year-old Mark Hoffman, of Aristes, who was just about to take a shower in his camper when he spotted the auto drifting forward between two trees toward a small embankment leading to the shoreline of Laura's Lake.
Lindenmuth and her 81-year-old husband, John, had just pulled in to visit Hoffman, his girlfriend, Maria Benjamin, 46, of Mahanoy City, and her mother, Adele Benjamin, also of Mahanoy City, at their campsite near the lake.
According to police, John Lindenmuth, who was driving, exited the vehicle but failed to put the car in park. It drifted forward into the lake with his wife as a front-seat passenger.