There were no reported injuries of raccoons, geese or humans.
The incident occurred around 9:33 p.m. Monday night when a New Rochelle resident was driving southbound on Bergholz Drive in New Rochelle, towards Pelham. In attempt to avoid the raccoons, the man swerved and lost control of his black Mercedes station wagon.
The driver, who did not wish to be identified, said the vehicle came to rest on the edge of a retaining wall, teetering back and forth, balanced precariously, before sliding forward and down into the lake. The vehicle came to rest on several paving stones laying in the water and was not submerged. The man was able to exit the vehicle on this own.
New Rochelle police and firefighters responded to the scene but this night belonged to Safeway Towing. It took two Safeway employees some planning and ingenuity to extricate the vehicle which was pulled up and then over, away from the retaining wall, before being pulled out of the lake.