Driver dies after car runs off roadway into Amite River

MAUREPAS — A 37-yr-old woman has died after the car she was driving went off the roadway and into the Amite River in Livingston Parish.

It happened around 10:30pm on Saturday, July 1 on Hwy. 22 in Maurepas in Livingston Parish.

The woman has been identified as Sara Marshall, 37, of Prairieville.

Marshall was driving on Hwy. 22 from Head of Island towards Old River Rd. when she left the roadway to the left into the Amite River.

It’s unclear at this time why she went off the roadway. State Police is leading the investigation into the wreck.

A witness happened to see the car go into the river with a passenger still inside and a few people fishing saw the car submerged, Livingston Parish District 9 Fire Chief Danielle Lessard told UWK. The good samaritans busted a window out but still could not get to Marshall.

The Livingston Parish District 9 Fire Dept. responded to the scene immediately but despite everyone’s efforts, they could not get to the driver in time.

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“The depth of the water where the woman and her car went in was extremely deep making it that much more difficult for the good samaritans and rescuers,” Chief Lessard said.

The LPSO dive team was notified and the woman’s body was recovered around 1:30am on July 2. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.

Multiple other agencies assisted from the Maurepas Fire Dept., Wildlife & Fisheries & State Police.

“We would like to thank the members of the community that witnessed this accident, made rescue attempts and hooked a boat anchor to the car that allowed the divers to operate much quicker,” said Chief Lessard.

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