Houston police are looking into how a vehicle apparently drove into the Brays Bayou around 3 a.m. on Monday, but was not reported until that afternoon.
Officials in Houston are investigating what allegedly caused a vehicle carrying two men to plunge into a bayou early on Halloween morning.
Monday morning at 3 a.m. local time, the vehicle reportedly drove into the Brays Bayou, but it was not reported until the afternoon.
Vehicular Crimes investigators are responding to a crash in which a vehicle reportedly drove into a bayou at 8300 Wilcrest near Beechnut Street.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 31, 2022
The crash is believed to have occurred at 3 a.m. today but was reported about 2:30 p.m.
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According to an HPD press release, the gray Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on Wilcrest Drive when it “left the roadway” and “struck the concrete edge of a rail” before rolling into the Brays Bayou.
According to HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant S. Jewell and A. Mares, officers were conducting a traffic stop around noon on Monday when they were informed of the car’s location in the bayou.
“A witness told officers a loud noise was heard about 3 a.m.,” Mares said in Tuesday’s release.
The wrecked car was found under an overpass on Wilcrest Drive and Beechnut Street, according to CBS affiliate KHOU.
HPD’s dive team recovered the vehicle from the bayou just before 2:30 p.m. on Monday, according to the department. Two men, the driver and a passenger, were found dead inside the car.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has not publicly verified the victim’s identities.
The cause of the crash remains unknown. Houston police are investigating the incident.
However, Lieutenant Michael Hroch said determining what happened has been challenging due to a lack of witnesses, according to ABC affiliate KTRK.
“We don’t have any actual witnesses at the scene, so it’s kind of hard to piece everything together right now,” Hroch explained in the report.