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MISSING: Whereabouts unknown of driver who submerged in water during crash

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 10:00pm

Investigators are working to locate a Hammond man who submerged his vehicle in water late last night. Officials believe he is possibly suffering from a head injury sustained during the crash and he already has a medical condition that requires attention.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the vehicle belongs to Victor Manuel Navarro, 32. The investigation into the crash was launched after one of his friends reported the incident.

Officials say the friend received a frantic call from Navarro at roughly 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. He told his friend that he had been drinking at a local bar and drove his vehicle off the road. He said that he crashed into the water and the cab of the truck was filling up fast, but he was unable to open the doors.

The friend drove to the area to try and provide assistance. After searching for at least an hour, the friend was unable to locate Navarro and called police for assistance.

Deputies and members of the Coast Guard searched through the night to locate the Navarro’s truck. It wasn’t until 6:45 a.m. on Friday, April 5 that a boater in the area called to report that he spotted a truck in the middle of Myrtle Grove Canal. Only the roof was slightly visible.

A diver searched the interior of the truck but Navarro was not inside. They say the windows were rolled down and there was damage to the interior front windshield. They believe Navarro struck his head on the glass during impact.

Crews continued to search the area, but have not located Navarro. They say he does have a pre-existing medical condition that could require immediate attention.

If you know anything about this incident or Navarro’s whereabouts, call the Louisiana State Police at (504) 471-2775.


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