Police identify body of male victim submerged in vehicle in Bayou Teche

St. Landry Parish

UPDATE: 10 p.m. Authorities who recovered a submerged vehicle, in Bayou Teche, with its driver still inside after an hours long search have now identified the victim as 46-year-old Avery Charles Hudson of Opelousas.

According to State Police, a single-vehicle crash led to his death on Louisiana Highway 103 near Cheramie Road in St. Landry Parish.

An initial investigation has revealed that the crash occurred as Hudson was driving a pickup truck south on LA 103 at a high rate of speed when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck several trees then entered into Bayou Teche, where it became submerged. 

His vehicle was located hours later with the assistance of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

Troopers suspect Hudson’s vehicle was involved in two hit-and-run injury crashes on US 190 just prior to this crash.

Impairment is unknown and standard toxicology samples were obtained for analysis, police said.

UPDATE: The body of a male victim has been recovered inside a vehicle in the Bayou Teche near Port Barre.

According to State Police, when the vehicle was retrieved, deputies found his body.

Police say the family has been notified.

Speed may have been a factor in the crash, according to police.

ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KLFY) Authorities in St. Landry Parish are investigating a submerged vehicle in the Bayou Teche on Hwy. 103 south of Highway 190.

According to State Police, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office water rescue team has been called out to assist in the recovery of the vehicle.

Police did not say if they vehicle was occupied at the time of the discovery.

Its not clear how the vehicle was spotted, or when and how the vehicle ended in the Bayou Teche.

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