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Two-vehicle crash in Vermilion Parish leaves motorcyclist dead

Fatal Crash
Posted at 9:56 AM, Sep 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-22 12:14:59-04

A Carencro man was killed Tuesday in a Vermilion Parish crash.

On September 21, 2021, shortly after 2:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a two-vehicle fatality crash involving a motorcycle on Louisiana Highway 343 at Louisiana Highway 697 in Vermilion Parish. The crash claimed the life of 37-year-old Gerry John Lasseigne of Carencro.

The initial investigation revealed Lasseigne was operating a 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on LA 343. At the same time, a southbound 2011 Peterbilt 18-wheeler turned left onto LA 697 in front of Lasseigne causing the motorcycle to strike the rear right wheels of the cab portion of the 18-wheeler, according to a spokesperson for Louisiana State Police Troop I.

Despite wearing a DOT-approved helmet, Lasseigne was pronounced dead on the scene by the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office. A toxicology sample was obtained from Lasseigne for analysis. The driver of the 18-wheeler was properly restrained and was not injured. He showed no signs of impairment and did submit a voluntary breath sample which indicated no alcohol in his system, the spokesperson stated.

This crash remains under investigation.

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Troop I has investigated 40 fatal crashes resulting in 49 deaths in 2021.

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