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Both occupants dead after vehicle crashes into lake in southeast Columbus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- Two men died after crashing a vehicle into a pond on the city's south east side around 1:30 AM Wednesday morning.

Columbus police have not identified the two men, but say the driver veered into the pond at the Hartford on the Lakes apartment complex.

One of the victims was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Grant Medical Center. The second man died later Wednesday morning.

Despite a fence and caution signs around the pond, this is not the first time a car is driven into the body of water.

NBC 4 was on scene at the complex, called Eastland on the Lakes at the time, back in February 2011, when a woman and her four-year-old child died after she accidentally drove her car into the pond.

Then again two months later, a man was found dead in the pond on April 17, 2011.

In 1998 a man drowned, despite warning signs posted saying swimming was prohibited. Those signs to remain on the property today.

"I've seen a little boy went in the icy water and another man jumped in to save him. Both of them died," said a resident.

The drowning that she is referring to happened in February of 2013.

A five-year-old boy drowned and died after falling through that ice covered pond. A man jumped in to rescue the boy, but both drowned before emergency crews could save them.

The child's mother sued the complex. According to court documents, a Columbus police officer testified in court saying, "There is no requirement that retention ponds be equipped with rescue equipment or signs."

The court ruled in favor of the complex saying, "There was no breach of any duty."

NBC4 has reached out to the complex owner for comment.

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