PAPD dive team helps locate motorist killed in Saturday crash

Published 8:45 am Monday, June 29, 2020

Port Arthur authorities helped locate a deceased man this weekend, found after his vehicle became submerged in Orange County.

Sgt. Stephanie Davis said a Department of Public Safety investigation indicates at approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday, a 2006 GMC pickup truck was traveling northbound on FM 1078 when the driver failed to drive in a single lane and drove onto the bridge guardrail at Adam’s Bayou.

The vehicle continued over the bridge and plunged into the bayou.

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The driver, 49-year-old Darren Ross May of Orange, was recovered from the waterway by dive teams from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Port Arthur Police Department.

Justice of the Peace Hershel Stagner pronounced May deceased at approximately 2:53 a.m. Sunday.

Davis said there remains an ongoing investigation, adding the Texas Department of Public Safety first received a report of a vehicle in Adams Bayou on FM 1078 at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday.