Two college students from the Chicago-area drowned early Saturday morning after their car was driven into a Southern Illinois lake, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Marielle A. Carson, 20, of Chicago, and Latisha A.P. Ray, 21, Carbondale, IL, were both declared dead on the scene after the vehicle in which they were riding was pulled from Cedar Lake about 7 a.m. Saturday, according to a press release from Jackson County Coroner Thomas Kupferer the Tribune said.
The press release said the two were attending college in the area - John A. Logan College in Carterville and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, according to the Tribune.
According to the release, Carbondale police received a 911 call about 3:18 a.m. Friday reporting that a car with 5 occupants and driven by Carson had been submerged in Cedar Lake after driving off a boat launch area, the Tribune said. Three passengers, a male and two females, had escaped from the vehicle before it was fully underwater, but the two individuals in the front seat hadn't been able to get out and may have drowned, according to the Tribune.
Carbondale police, the Jackson County Ambulance Service and the Carbondale Fire Department responded and a dive team from Union County was called in as well, the Tribune said. The vehicle was found about 7 a.m. and was removed from the lake. Carson and Ray were still inside, the release said according to the Tribune.
The Tribune said the coroner's preliminary report is that the two drowned and toxicology reports are pending.