GWINNETT, Ga. - Authorities have identified a woman who died when her car was washed away during heavy rain in Gwinnett County on Monday afternoon.
A Gwinnett Medical Examiner identified her as Fawzia Jamshidi, a 57-year-old from Loganville.
Her battered car was lifted out of Jackson Creek off Harbins Road in unincorporated Lilburn around 8:30 p.m.
Witnesses said the car was swept away around 1 p.m.
"(The car) was just diving straight down into the water. It was headed straight down into the water," witness George Ruiz said.
He told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh he was passing along Harbins Road when he stopped and tried to help.
"There wasn't a whole lot I could do. I mean, I tried to jump in my truck and take it down the side to see if I could get out in front of it," Ruiz said.
Alejandra Medina, another witness, said she saw the victim's brake lights come on just before going under.
Rescuers swam and used inflatable boats and long poles to conduct a systematic search, locating the car around 4 p.m., but getting it to the surface was another challenge. It took the expertise of several people to finally free it after a line broke.
"The vehicle was found by our swift water team a little bit farther down the river and it was in the area where there was a lot of debris. The victim was found inside of the vehicle and was deceased," said Gwinnett County Fire Department Lt. Colin Rhoden.