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Woman, 57, pleaded for help before her vehicle disappeared beneath muddy creek

Lilburn police continue to investigate the death of a woman whose vehicle left the rodway and entered a rain-swollen creek.
Lilburn police continue to investigate the death of a woman whose vehicle left the rodway and entered a rain-swollen creek.
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A 57-year-old woman was on the phone with 911 moments before her vehicle disappeared beneath a rain-swollen creek and became swept away Monday afternoon.

In that frantic call, she pleaded for help. Firefighters and police arrived within munites.

But it would be hours later before she is found, already dead inside her vehicle.

On Tuesday, Lilburn police identified her as Ms. Fawzia Jamshidi, of Loganville. But they have yet to determine what caused the woman to leave the roadway after exiting Lawrenceville Highway.

At 12:31 p.m., at least two people saw the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta that was heading westbound on Harbins Road veer off the right shoulder of the road, sled sideways and enter Jackson Creek, police spokesman Capt. Thom Bardugon said.

“The witnesses watched the vehicle float downstream until they lost sight of it,” Capt. Bardugon said.

For hours, specialist attempted to locate the vehicle and the victim in the swift, muddy water.

The creek had risen 7 feet higher than normal and several feet wider because of the heavy rain, Capt. Bardugon said.

Around 6 p.m., the vehicle was located about 400 feet downstream, he said. A large wrecker was brought in and the swift-water team was able to raise the victim to remove the victim, Capt. Bardugon said.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Ms. Jamshidi died from apparent drowning, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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