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Deputies try to save suicidal man who drove car into canal in Port St. Lucie

Posted at 10:04 PM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 22:32:25-05

Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies and Port St. Lucie police officers tried to save a suicidal man who drove his SUV into a canal Friday afternoon. 

The incident happened on SW Citrus Blvd. in Port St. Lucie.  

According to Port St. Lucie police, before the crash, the man was sitting in his parked car on Port St. Lucie Blvd attempting to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Police tried to intervene, but they say the man sped off. Police followed the man into Martin County, but shortly after crossing the county line, the man drove into the canal. 

Martin County deputies and Port St. Lucie police officers on scene jumped into the canal and pulled the victim from the submerged car. They began CPR immediately after pulling the man to the bank. He was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The victim's identity has not been released. 

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