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Motocyclist dies in Acadia Parish crash

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Posted at 9:40 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 23:52:36-04

A motorcyclist is dead following a crash on La hwy 35 in Acadia Parish.

State Police say the crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. on May 4, 2020. Troopers responded to the two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 35 at Standard Mill Road in Acadia Parish. The crash killed 38-year-old Richard John Koch of Rayne.

An investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Koch was riding a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle southbound on LA 35. At the same time, another vehicle was traveling eastbound on Standard Mill Road.That vehicle failed to yield and was struck by the oncoming Suzuki.

Despite the fact that he was wearing a DOT approved safety helmet, Koch received fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the other vehicle was properly restrained and was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

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