A woman who was visiting Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, China, was recently fined after she drove her 2 million yuan ($300,000) Maserati GranTurismo into a pond after losing control of the vehicle on Nov. 3.
The unidentified female tourist was checking WeChat messages on her phone before the accident happened, according to South China Morning Post. Not being familiar with the area, the woman reportedly misread the road and headed straight for the water.
However, in a different interview, she was quoted as saying that a truck was heading straight towards her when she looked back up at the road. She immediately began panicking and swerved into the pond to avoid colliding with the other vehicle.
“There was a turn in the road, but the car overshot,” police officer Xu Jie, who responded at the scene said in the report by Jiangsu Television.
“When I arrived at the scene, the woman had just got out of the water. She was shaking because of the freezing cold, and a pool of water had formed at her feet,” Xu continued. “The car was almost submerged, with just about 30 centimeters left above the surface. The engine was still running, and the windscreen wipers were swinging back and forth.”
The woman was able to make it out of the luxury car alive with a little help from a group of bystanders who pulled her out of the side window. A crane was used to remove the vehicle from the pond.
On top of it all, she was then fined with 50 yuan ($7.54) for using her smartphone while driving, which is an offense in the country.
It is unclear what the woman will do next after the accident, and whether or not she was the owner of the luxury car.