MILTON, La. (Louisiana State Police) - Shortly before 3:30 p.m. on June 14, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two vehicle serious injury crash that occurred on LA Hwy 92 near Mermentau Rd. in Lafayette Parish. The crash took the life of Jessie R. Bourque, 20, of Duson.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Bourque was riding a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on LA Hwy 92. At the same time, Clyde Lee, 59, of Carencro was driving a 2005 International 7400 truck eastbound on LA Hwy 92. Lee attempted to make a left turn off of LA Hwy 92 onto Placide Rd., and pulled into the path of the motorcycle. As a result, the motorcycle struck the International truck and Bourque was ejected.
Despite the fact that Bourque was wearing a DOT approved helmet, he suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported from the scene to Lafayette General Medical Center where he later succumbed to those injuries. Impairment on his part is unknown at this time, but a toxicology sample was taken from him to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Impairment on the part of Lee was not a factor. He was cited for LRS 32:122 Vehicle turning left at intersection. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Making good choices such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, avoiding all distractions, and obeying all traffic laws can often mean the difference between life and death. While not all crashes are survivable, Troopers encourage all riders to take an approved motorcycle safety course. For more information on the Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program, visit http://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html.