After spending seven days hospitalized following her rescue from a car submerged upside down in a Kenner canal, authorities say a 58-year-old woman has died of her injuries.
The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim as Daffney Davis, of Kenner.
A second, unidentified woman, 60, who was also rescued in the crash was in stable condition Friday, according to the Kenner Police Department.
Davis was driving a Honda Accord southbound on Chateau Boulevard near Ronson Drive (map) about 8:40 p.m. on June 1 when the vehicle crashed through a locked metal gate just south of Ronson and landed in the canal, according to authorities. The 60-year-old woman was a passenger in the vehicle.
Nearby neighbors who overheard the crash ran outside and spotted the car upside down in the murky canal. Resident Sandra Barrett said only the bottom of the vehicle could be seen sticking out of the waterway.
A Kenner police officer and a firefighter were the first on scene. They first rescued the 60-year-old woman, who was floating in the water, according to residents and authorities.
Two women were fighting for their lives Friday after their car plowed through a gate and crashed into a Kenner canal Thursday night. One of th…
But Davis spent several minutes inside the submerged vehicle as rescuers fought to free her from her seat belt, authorities said.
First responders performed CPR and transported both women to the University Medical Center in New Orleans. Davis was pronouced dead just before 9 p.m. Thursday.
The cause of the wreck is still under investigation, Kenner police said Friday.