Funeral held for deputy killed by San Antonio sinkhole

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- A San Antonio-area deputy who died this week after her vehicle plunged into a water-filled sinkhole is being remembered as a caring and giving person.

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The San Antonio Express-News reports a funeral service was held Friday night for 68-year-old Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara. Nishihara's brother, Pastor Israel Solis, said his sister was a "woman of valor." Nishihara wasn't working Sunday when her vehicle went into the sinkhole.

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A crane was used to retrieve her personal car from water about 12-feet deep. Nishihara's body was inside the vehicle. Utility officials say the sinkhole appeared after a sewer line ruptured during heavy rain earlier Sunday.

Authorities say two passers-by rescued a driver after another vehicle that went into the sinkhole Sunday night. That driver and one of his rescuers were treated for minor injuries.