Boy trapped in SUV after it plunges into pond left in critical condition

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AURORA, Ill. — A 6-year-old boy is in critical condition after the car he was riding in plunged into a retention pond and he was stuck inside as it filled with water early Sunday, according to officials.

Police say the boy was riding in a car with relatives as they headed home to Cicero from a late-night party when the driver, a 31-year-old woman, lost control of the car just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

The roads were slick and the driver may have been drinking, a combination that may have caused the Nissan SUV to spin out of control off of I-88, hop the curb, skid on the grass and plunge into a retention pond south of Diehl Rd. in an industrial area on Aurora’s northwest side.

Four people, including the 31-year-old driver, two girls ages 12 and 15, and a 21-year-old passenger were able to  get out of the car, but the boy was trapped. An emergency dive team found him about 30 minutes later, 80 feet from shore in 15 feet of chilly water.

He was taken to an Aurora hospital, and then later transferred to an undisclosed hospital in Chicago in critical condition, police said.

The driver of the SUV is being held by police, as the investigation in underway.

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