Utah Highway Patrol says excess speed explains the incident.
No injuries, other than one soaked Acura MDX.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in this incident either but that makes two incidents where drivers with a heavy right foot find themselves in the drink, by accident. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the driver of the Acura MDX was going too fast, ran out of pavement, and landed in a pond.
This type of incident, contrary to the Camaro that ended up in Lake Erie, is a result of driver error due to a lack of attention or experience. We’ve all seen drivers leave an interstate or highway, headed for an off-ramp, carrying far too much speed and lining up poorly with the curve ahead. Most drivers stick to the inside or outside of the bend, leaving them will little room to make corrections if there’s a loss of reactions. At least in this case, as reported by kjzz.com, there was only minor property damage involved.
Even with SH-AWD (Super-Handling), this Acura MDX likely understeered somewhat as attempts to correct its trajectory proved ineffective against the speed and momentum it was carrying. While we all make mistakes from time to time, high-performance driving courses could have equipped this driver with the necessary skills in order to avoid this embarrassing incident.