Two Texas men were killed this week when they attempted to replicate a Hollywood movie-style jump in a Chevrolet Cruze.
Louisiana State Police say a trooper responded to a call about a single-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 384 shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Friday. The department’s investigation into the matter revealed the driver of a red 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was travelling southbound when he happened upon the Black Bayou Bridge, which was drawn upward to allow a boat to pass on the waterway. A witness at the scene told police they saw the passenger of the vehicle exit the bridge, push the drawbridge gate arm up, and get back into the vehicle.
The driver proceeded to put the vehicle in reverse and then accelerate forward toward the ramp in an attempt to jump the gap in the bridge. The vehicle then became airborne before falling into the water and sinking to the bottom. Both the driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. Police say toxicology samples were obtained from both the driver and passenger and have been submitted for analysis.
“The driver was unable to exit the vehicle and the passenger was located outside of the submerged vehicle,” police said.
Louisiana State Police later identified the two men as Alejandro Cazares, 23, and Roberto Alejandro Moreno, 32.
A screenshot of the Black Bayou Bridge taken from Google Maps clearly shows the section of the bridge that draws upward to allow boats to pass on the Intracoastal Waterway. It is difficult to estimate how large the section of road may be, although it does appear to be large enough where jumping it in a Cruze would be very difficult, if not impossible.