Fatality suspected on Airline after vehicle sinks in canal

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 26, 2005


Managing Editor

ST. ROSE — An unidentified Kenner teenager is believed to have died in an accident early Friday morning when the car he was driving submerged into the canal alongside Airline Highway near Interstate 310.

Louisiana State Police reported the accident involved a vehicle with three occupants, headed eastbound on Airline at 2:20 a.m. Two passengers managed to escape from the rapidly-sinking vehicle, but the third, a 16-year-old Kenner boy, failed to escape and apparently drowned.

The St. Charles Sheriff’s Office Marine Division submerged the canal with no results, being unable to locate the driver or the vehicle in the deep water.

Witnesses to the accident claimed the vehicle had been speeding prior to the wreck. The survivors said everyone had been wearing seat belts.

The crash is still under investigation by Trooper First Class Alan Rickmeier.