1 dead after vehicle plunges into pond at Oasis Golf Club

A car is retrieved from a manmade lake at Oasis Golf Club following a fatal crash, Mesqute, Nevada, March 3, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Nevada Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol Division, St. George News

MESQUITE, Nevada — A man was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday afternoon after he crashed his 2004 Chevrolet Impala into a pond at the Oasis Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada, and witnesses and rescue crews were unable to save him.

A car is retrieved from a manmade lake at Oasis Golf Club following a fatal crash, Mesqute, Nevada, March 3, 2015, photo courtesy of Nevada Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol Division, St. George News
A car is retrieved from a manmade lake at Oasis Golf Club following a fatal crash, Mesqute, Nevada, March 3, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Nevada Department of Public Safety – Highway Patrol Division, St. George News

At 12:49 p.m., James Matthew McMurray Jr., 78, of Mesquite, Nevada, was driving north on Grapevine Road and approaching the intersection of Pioneer Boulevard. McMurray was driving too fast for conditions, failed to obey a traffic control device and entered the intersection, according to a press release from the Nevada Department of Public Safety. McMurray was unable to negotiate the right turn onto eastbound Pioneer Boulevard, and the Impala crossed the intersection and westbound travel lanes. (See ed. note.)

“The Impala struck a raised curb and then entered the maintained landscape area on the northeast corner of the intersection,” the press release said. “The Impala traveled across rock and concrete sidewalk before falling into a manmade lake.”

The vehicle crashed into a pond on the 12th hole of the Palmer Course at Oasis Golf Club, Mesquite Police Lt. MaQuade Chesley said.

“For some unknown reason, he kept going and didn’t stop,” Chesley said.

The scene of a fatal crash at the Oasis Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada, March 3, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Nevada Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol Division, St. George News
The scene of a fatal crash at the Oasis Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada, March 3, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Nevada Department of Public Safety – Highway Patrol Division, St. George News

Two witnesses who were near the golf course at the time of the incident saw the car in the pond and jumped in the water to try and help McMurray, but one of the vehicle’s windows was open, water rushed into the vehicle and it sank into the 18-foot-deep pond, Chesley said.

The witnesses called 911, and Mesquite Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene and also attempted to rescue McMurray , but he died in the water.

Nevada Highway Patrol arrived at the scene with its fatality team and began an extensive investigation.

McMurray was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Investigator David Clegg at 7:30 p.m., according to the press release.

McMurray’s vehicle was eventually retrieved from the water.

Factors that may have led to his crash into the pond are still under investigation, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Deborah Huff, who investigated the scene, said.

McMurray’s identity was released by the Clark County Coroner’s office Wednesday morning.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. note: Story updated per additional details received from Nevada Department of Public Safety.

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3 Comments

  • laytonian March 4, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    No.
    After passing over Interstate 15, Mcmurray’s vehicle ran through the stop sign at Pioneer Boulevard and through the intersection. The car then took a track slightly to the right as it ran through the boulevard, over the curb and down into the pond.

  • fun bag March 5, 2015 at 2:27 am

    praise god that no innocent bystanders were killed

  • ladybugavenger March 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Sounds like he had a medical episode prior to the pond. Condolences to the family

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