Driver dies in St. James Parish after vehicle becomes submerged in bayou

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baton Rouge man died Saturday afternoon after his pickup truck veered off a roadway in St. James Parish and became submerged in a nearby bayou.

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A determined that 41-year-old William Floyd was traveling southbound on U.S. Hwy 61 around 7:30 p.m. when his truck exited the roadway to the left, crossed the median and crossed the northbound lanes of the highway before entering a waterway that borders the road, according to LSP spokesperson Taylor J. Scrantz.

Floyd’s 2003 Ford F-150 then became submerged, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash was so severe that LSP was unable to determine if Floyd was wearing a seatbelt.

The investigation is ongoing, and a toxicology sample was taken from Floyd for analysis, according to Scrantz.

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