Hammond man drowns after crashing car into canal, says autopsy

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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 2:50 PM

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MYRTLE GROVE, La. -- The body of missing Hammond man Victor Navarro, 32, was been found near the site where he crashed his truck in Plaquemines Parish, according to deputies, and an autopsy performed Monday determined he drowned.

Authorities say Navarro drove into the Myrtle Grove Canal after leaving a nearby bar Thursday night. He was reportedly intoxicated and driving erratically.

Navarro called a friend after he crashed into the canal, saying his truck was filling up with water and he couldn't escape.

Deputies recovered Navarro's body just under the surface of the water about 75 feet from where his vehicle was pulled out of the canal on Friday.

An autopsy at the Jefferson Parish Forensic Center determined that "the cause of death is consistent with drowning and the manner of death is accidental. Results of toxicology tests are pending," said a statement from the sheriff's office.

"If you drive drunk, please get a designated driver. Don't take a chance. It will have lasting effects, and it's very negative on the families as well as friends. It's just, do the right thing, contact a sober person and get a designated driver," said Commander Eric Becnel of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office.

 

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