Driver found dead after car plows through fence, sinks in Buffalo Bayou


by staff

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 8:31 AM

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HOUSTON -- Police said the driver of a silver Chrysler Sebring was found dead overnight after his car sank to the bottom of Buffalo Bayou.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Houston Police Department said the driver was traveling northbound on N. Cesar Chavez when he failed to take a turn in the road. The car crashed through a chain link fence and went into the bayou at a high rate of speed.

Nearby residents rushed to help, but the car was completely submerged in the dark water making any rescue attempt difficult.

An HPD dive team searched overnight to find the car, which was later pulled from the water with the driver’s body still inside.

“The dive team confirmed that there was only one occupant, and when it was pulled out there was one Hispanic male inside of the vehicle,” said HPD Sgt. Izaguirre. “The windows were rolled up, indicating there was just one person in the vehicle.”

Investigators said they will lean on autopsy results for a better explanation as to what happened.

A surveillance camera at an industrial yard may have captured the crash on video.