Investigators say Debbie Coyl'e-Larner saw what happened and jumped into the water to try to help. She noticed Thomas' head was submerged, and managed to adjust her seat to raise her head above water.
Brad Murff and another man also jumped into the ditch to try to turn the vehicle back over, but were unable to. That's when the good Samaritans turned their focus to Thomas and were able to free her from the car.
"There was no way I would have been saved if it weren't for Debbie and the others," said Thomas. "I want to thank them."
Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, Fire Chief Juan Adame and several Sugar Land firefighters recognized Coyl'e-Larner and Murff during council meeting last week.