Driver dies after car goes into Aurora pond

A man died after his vehicle went into a pond early Tuesday in west suburban Aurora.

Aurora police officers responded to a call of a car in the water around 12:35 a.m. near Eola Road and Autumn Grove Circle.

Five officers went into the water, which was below 5 degrees Fahrenheit, and retrieved the driver from the car which was partially submerged upside down in the pond, police said.


The driver, 23-year-old Michael Lathan, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Preliminary information found Lathan lost control of his vehicle before crashing into the pond.

Officers were treated at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. The Kane County Coroner's Office will determine the final cause of death.