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Deadly Spur Pond tragedy still under investigation

One man was rescued from Spur Pond Tuesday afternoon before the SUV sank. The body of the other man was recovered from the submerged vehicle about two hours later. (John Garlock/KTVO)

What caused an SUV to end up in Spur Pond in Kirksville remains under investigation.

KTVO has now learned the name of the person injured in that deadly tragedy.

Lt. Mark Wellman from the Kirksville Police Department told us Wednesday morning that Christian Perez, 62, of Kirksville, was rescued by good Samaritans before the SUV he was in sank.

Perez was in serious condition and rushed to Northeast Regional Medical Center just down the street.

A hospital spokesman told KTVO Perez is listed in critical but stable condition as of late Wednesday morning.

The other man in the car was Dakota Davis, 26, of Kirksville.

Crews recovered his body from the sunken SUV about two hours after it entered the water.

Kirksville emergency crews responded to Spur Pond along North Osteopathy Street just before 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

They were told an SUV had driven into the pond.

Police said the vehicle entered the water from the south, up the hill from the intersection of North Osteopathy and West Missouri streets.

A dive team from Macon was called in to assist during the incident.

The submerged vehicle was finally pulled from the pond around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Wellman said a detective was headed to the hospital Wednesday morning to try and talk to Perez and learn what happened that caused the SUV to drive into the pond.

The SUV is stored in a hangar at Kirksville Regional Airport where investigators will examine it to determine if a mechanical malfunction might be to blame for the tragedy.

KTVO will keep you updated as we learn more information.

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