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Man Found Dead In Car Submerged In Roadside Ditch

WACO (December 29, 2013) The Texas Department of Public Safety was investigating an early-morning crash that left an Alvin man dead and his car submerged in a water filled ditch Sunday.

According to DPS Spokesperson D.L. Wilson, Dan Lannen, 33, was driving south on Highway 6 just south of loop 340 around 6 a.m. when his car ran off the road, went airborne, and landed in a sandpit that was filled with water.

When Lannen didn’t return home, his family notified DPS, which put out an overdue motorist alert at around 11 a.m. Sunday.

While searching for Lannen, his brother spotted skid marks along a grassy area just south of loop 340 and saw Lannen’s 2008 Nissan submerged in water.

Wilson says Lannen’s brother waded out to the vehicle, which was about shoulder deep in water, pulled Lannen from the car and began performing CPR.

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and paramedics responded shortly after, but Lannen could not be revived.

Wilson says he had been in the water for nearly 5 hours.

He was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Belinda Summers from Mart.

Lannen’s body has been sent to the Dallas Medical Examiner’s for an autopsy.

Wilson says the cause of the accident is still under investigation.


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