HOUMA, LA (KPLC) - On Sunday, September 26, 2010, at approximately 8:56 a.m., four teens were reported missing after not returning from the LSU football game in Baton Rouge, LA. At approximately 1:23 p.m., Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police Troop C personnel observed damage to a guardrail on LA 182 at the St. Louis Canal Bridge. A search was made around the canal and what appeared to be tires, was observed barely showing in the water. A further search revealed that it was the missing vehicle and teens.
James Cantrelle III (W/M, 17 of Raceland, LA.) was operating a 2008 Ford King Ranch westbound on LA 182 in Houma, LA. Cantrelle failed to negotiate a right bank curve and ran off the roadway to the left, striking the bridge guardrail. His vehicle then overturned and became submerged in the St. Louis Canal.
The driver, Cantrelle, right front seat passenger, Megan Hitt (W/F, 17 of Houma, LA.), left rear seat passenger, Ian Haydel (W/M, 15 of Houma, LA.), and right rear passenger, Gabrielle Hebert (W/F, 17 of Houma, LA.) were all pronounced dead at the scene and transported by the Terrebonne Parish Coroner's Office.
A seat belt was worn by Cantrelle, but it is undetermined if passengers were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol and / or drug usage is unknown. Blood results are pending from the Terrebonne Parish Coroner's Office. Troopers are continuing their investigation.