Crash survivor describes SUV plunging into Canyon Lake

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Brody Hazuda is in pain from a fractured pelvis. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Brody Hazuda is in pain from a fractured pelvis. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Rescue crews locate submerged SUV. (Source: Superstition Fire & Medical District) Rescue crews locate submerged SUV. (Source: Superstition Fire & Medical District)
Brody Hazuda speaks from the hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Brody Hazuda speaks from the hospital. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Hazuda says he waited on top of a rock sticking out from the water while friends who were not as seriously hurt made their way up to the road to flag down someone for help. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Hazuda says he waited on top of a rock sticking out from the water while friends who were not as seriously hurt made their way up to the road to flag down someone for help. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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An 18-year-old man who survived a terrifying crash at Canyon Lake is speaking out from his hospital bed. Brody Hazuda is recovering at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center after an SUV he was riding in on Saturday night left the roadway and plummeted down a cliff and into the water.

“I definitely thought for a minute like that was it,” says Hazuda.  “We all got so lucky.”

The accident happened off State Route 88 at milepost 210. Hazuda says he was in the backseat cruising in the SUV with seven other teens when the accident happened.

[ORIGINAL STORY: SUV with 8 teens veers off roadway; plunges 100 feet into Canyon Lake]

“We were rolling down and then it was weird because I was in the car the whole time,” says Hazuda.  “We were rolling but right when we hit the water I was just immediately ejected and I just swam to the rock.”

Hazuda says he waited on top of a rock sticking out from the water while friends who were not as seriously hurt made their way up to the road to flag down someone for help. A total of four teens were sent to the hospital for treatment.

“It’s obviously engraved in my head now after that whole thing, just got to move on from it, you know, it was an experience for sure,” says Hazuda. 

He’s urging others to be careful on SR 88.

“[I] just want to make sure that people that are driving on that road, or driving in general you know,  I would have never thought that was going to happen but things can just switch up really quick.”

A spokesman for ADOT says guardrails will be put up at the site as part of a project that will begin after Memorial Day weekend. The spokesman says the project was already planned and not a response to the dangerous accident.

The project is between milepost 203.40 and milepost 220.20. Construction is expected to last a year.

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