Distracted driver kills motorcyclist
Louisiana State Police reported shortly after 12:30 Wednesday afternoon, Troop C Troopers began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA 307 just north of the St. Lawrence Church near Kraemer. The crash took the life of 65-year old Dana Caparros of Larose.
The preliminary investigation revealed 20-year old Sierra Mathes of Lockport was traveling north on LA 307 in a 2004 Honda Accord. Caparros was traveling south on LA 307 on a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Mathes entered a right curve in the roadway, crossed the center line, and struck Caparros in the southbound lane.
Caparros suffered serious injuries and was transported to Ochsner St. Anne Hospital by Acadian Ambulance Service where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Mathes was properly restrained at the time of the crash and was not injured. Caparros was wearing a DOT approved helmet.
Impairment is not suspected as a factor in this crash; however, a standard toxicology report is pending on the part of Caparros. Mathes submitted a breath sample which showed no alcohol present. Distraction is suspected to be a factor on the part of Mathes and this crash remains under investigation.
Troopers urge motorists to avoid all distractions while driving. Distractions, such as cell phones, passengers, radios, etc., take a driver’s focus away from the road. When focus is taken away from the road, the serious injury and fatality crash rate rises.
To learn more about the dangers of distracted driving please visit the government’s official distracted driving website, www.distraction.gov.
Posted on Thu, August 23, 2018
by The Lafourche Gazette