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Two men die trying to jump Louisiana drawbridge with car, police say

CALCASIEU PARISH, La. – Two Texas men died in a failed attempt to clear a gap in a Louisiana drawbridge with their car Friday morning, according to state police.

Officials have identified the men as Alejandro Cazares, 23, of McAllen, and Roberto Alejandro Moreno, 32, of Edinburg.

A witness told investigators that the drawbridge was raised to let a boat pass below the Black Bayou Bridge around 2:00 a.m. when a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze pulled up to the gate arm and paused.

The passenger got out and raised the arm so the driver could pull under it, then got back in the car. The witness said the driver “then accelerated forward in an attempt to ‘jump’ the ramp of the bridge,” according to a Louisiana State Police news release. “The vehicle became airborne, landed in the waterway and sank to the bottom.”

Police say the driver never made it out of the car, but the passenger’s body was found outside the vehicle. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.

Toxicology tests on the two men are pending.

 

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5 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    I don’t know that physics suggests that such a stunt could succeed. It seems like at the very least the receiving span of the bridge would have to be lower than the launching span. Then the angle would have to be low enough that enough forward momentum would be left to clear the gap – if the angle was too high, then too much forward momentum would become vertical momentum. All middle and high schools should be required to use this episode as a teaching moment.

  • Jason Walters

    I’ve seen these drawbridges … I’d be amazed if toxicology said these guys were sober … there’s nothing in this that suggests sanity of any kind, the angle wouldn’t favor having the speed and the fact that they stopped to raise the arm, implies no runway to even attempt speed … I feel like they would have almost crawled to the top and probably flipped and flopped upside down into the water…. like watching drunk people fall while just standing there.

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