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Several people tried to save drowning mother and child

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Christine and Tisiphone Williams Christine and Tisiphone Williams

A local family is mourning the loss of a mother and her baby. They died Thursday night after their car crashed and sank in a pond.

David Johnson said he was on the phone with his wife when the accident happened. He said 36-year-old Christina Williams was on her way home to Mansfield after picking up their 22-month-old daughter at his mother's house.

She may have been distracted. Police said she pulled out in front of another driver on the service road to South Loop 820 where Arlington, Fort Worth and Kennedale come together. Her car smashed through a fence and then landed in a pond outside a senior living center.

Johnson said his wife told him she was in the water and that she was sinking.

"I hear her screaming, 'I'm under water. I'm under water," he said.

The last thing he told her was to call 911.

"I lost my wife and daughter. No words can describe it because no parent should outlive their child ever… ever," he said.

Two witnesses tried to help Williams and her daughter escape, but they couldn't get them out.

Williams also talked to a 911 operator just before going under. After she told the operator that the doors wouldn't open, the operator tried to get her to focus on the windows.

Johnson said the windows in his wife's car were manual. He's struggling to understand why she couldn't just roll one down in an effort to get out.

He is now planning two funerals.

"That was my family, my wife and daughter. I can't replace that," he said.

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