Mercer Lake, as seen from South Post Road. (Google Maps file photo.)

West Windsor Police are calling a fatal accident that occurred earlier this week in which 85-year-old Calvin Madison of Ewing drove into Mercer Lake a “tragic event.”

Lt. Mark Lee said that an investigation by authorities concluded that Madison drove into the lake by accident and that no foul play was involved.

Lt. Lee said that Madison was driving in West Windsor, became lost during a heavy rain storm around 9 p.m. and drove his Ford Edge through the South Post Road parking lot at the lake near the Caspersen Rowing Center. While he was attempting to locate an exit, he continued into the area of the rowing center docks and drove into the lake along the bulkhead of the docks.

“This action caused side impact airbag deployment inside of the Ford,” Lt. Lee said. “Despite Madison’s efforts, he was unable to exit the vehicle. This incident is being categorized as a tragic event.”

Police and emergency services were notified of the accident at 8:34 a.m., and the car was removed by the Trenton Fire Department Water Rescue Task Force. Madison was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also responding to the scene were West Windsor fire and emergency services; West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company No. 1; the Mercer County Prosecutors Office Serious Collision Response Team and Homicide Task Force; Capital Health Systems MICU; RWJ at Hamilton ambulance; the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office; and Eddie’s Towing.