Search resumes for good Samaritan after car crashes into Lake Pontchartrain

Search to resume for good Samaritan after car crashes into Lake Pontchartrain

NEW ORLEANS - A search has resumed for a good Samaritan who jumped into the water after a car crashed into Lake Pontchartrain Tuesday night.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, the crash happened near the 7900 block of Lakeshore Drive just after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators learned that two men were inside a vehicle parked at the Blue Crab restaurant when one of the men accelerated the vehicle into the lake.

Police say nearby witnesses and workers jumped into the water to save the two men. Both men were rescued from the vehicle and taken to the hospital.

One victim died at the hospital due to his injuries. The second victim is listed in critical condition.

The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will determine the official cause of death and release the deceased victim's name at a later time. 

Authorities say a worker from the Blue Crab restaurant is still missing. The NOPD dive team, along with other agencies, spent hours searching for the man Tuesday night. Police plan to resume the search Wednesday morning.

Workers of the restaurant say two men were causing a disturbance inside the restaurant and were asked to leave. Shortly after, the car the two entered went into the water near the restaurant's parking lot.

Police have not identified any of the three victims at this time.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact NOPD traffic fatality investigator Michael Baldassaro at 504-658-6205. Residents can also report information to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

This is a developing story. Stay with WWL-TV and WWLTV.com for updates as new information becomes available. 

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