Authorities identify New Iberia man in fatal accident

A 60-year-old New Iberia man whose car was discovered in a water-filled coulee Friday morning likely was killed hours earlier after he ran off the road while driving too fast on La. 87, State Police said.

Charles Rogers’ body was inside the submerged car found by a farmer at just after 7:30 a.m.

Trooper Stephen Hammons said in a statement that investigators determined the accident occurred between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., when the 1998 Nissan Maxima Rogers was driving south on La. 87 hit the coulee, located near La. 670.

“For reasons still under investigation, Rogers traveled off the right side of the road in a curve, entered a water-filled coulee then … overturned,” Hammons said.

Rogers, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office.