CARBONDALE, Ill. (KMOV) -- Two female students died after their vehicle crashed into a lake early Saturday morning.
Police said Marielle Carson, 20, and Latisha Ray, 21, were in the front seat of the car when it drove off a boat launch area and became submerged in Cedar Lake around 3 am. Three other passengers managed to escape from the vehicle, but the two females could not.
Both victims were college students from the Chicago area. One attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the other was enrolled in John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill.
Police and a dive team located and removed the car around 7 am Saturday.
Medical officials said a preliminary examination indicated the two victims died of drowning. Toxicology reports were pending as of Sunday.