VERNON PARISH, La. (LA State Police) - Early Saturday evening, State Troopers responded to a motorcycle crash that killed a 28-year-old man from Leesville. The name of the man has not been released at this time.
Excessive speed is considered a factor in the crash.
Troopers responded to the crash around 6:00 p.m on LA Hwy 1146 south of US Hwy 171.
Troopers say the man was driving a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle at a high rate of speed, when he lost control and ran off the left side of the road. The motorcycle began overturning and collided with a tree.
The driver was wearing a helmet, but was pronounced dead.
The identity of the driver is being withheld until the family is notified.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation. Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of highway crashes and fatalities.
Motorcyclists must wear a proper US D.O.T. helmet when operating their motorcycle on Louisiana roadways. Although not all crashes are survivable, properly utilizing safety equipment like approved motorcycle helmets and seat belts decrease your risk of serious injury or death.
Troop E Troopers have investigated eight fatal crashes in 2017, resulting in eleven fatalities.