Two Texans Die In Dukes Of Hazard-Like Stunt In Bridge Jump Try
It was around 2:00am Friday morning the weekend of Memorial Day. We'll never know where they may have been in such a rush to get to and couldn't wait for the bridge to open. Or maybe jumping a bridge ramp across a river just looked so smooth and easy on television, it became an object of late night temptation.
Never attempt stunts you've seen on screen in real life. It usually ends up badly.
As was the case for two young Texans this morning on LA Hwy 384 (Big Lake Road) at the Black Bayou Bridge south of Lake Charles. Alejandro Cazares, 23 of McAllen, Texas and Roberto Alejandro Moreno, 32 of Edinburg, Texas, were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.
Now two families start the holiday weekend with terrible news.
The initial investigation showed the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze (not the one on the cover photo) was southbound upon arriving at the pontoon bridge. Then, according to a witness, the passenger left the vehicle and pushed the gate arm up, the driver went under the gate, and the passenger got back in.
The driver pulled up to the end of the ramp to have a look, then placed the vehicle in reverse, stopped, then accelerated forward attempting to jump the ramp of the bridge. The car went airborne but fell short and into the water.
The driver was unable to exit the vehicle. The passenger was found outside the vehicle.
Toxicology samples were obtained and the crash remains under investigation. The CPSO Marine Division and the US Coast Guard assisted the LSP.