Two people found dead inside submerged vehicle

Two people were killed early Tuesday morning when their car ran off the road and into a nearby bayou on U.S. 61 in St. James Parish, according to the State Police.

Matthew P. Daigle, of Lutcher, 48, and Terri R. Deslatte, 54, of Hester, died in the wreck, Trooper Jared L. Sandifer said in a news release.

At just after 1:30 a.m., a witness called 911 to report that a car ran off the road.

An investigation of the wreck showed that Daigle was driving a 2009 Porsche 911 south on U.S. 61 when, for unknown reasons, the car ran off the road to the left, crossed the center median and the northbound lanes and into a bayou south of Blind River, Sandifer said.

The submerged car was found in the bayou several hours later, he said.

Although both Daigle and Deslatte were wearing seat belts, they received fatal injuries as a result of the crash, Sandifer said. Driver impairment is unknown, but a toxicology sample was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

Excessive speed is considered to be a factor in the crash, Sandifer added.