A 30-year-old woman is in custody following an accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist on the early morning of Feb. 2. Motorcycle accidents of this type are often fatal, and therefore are carefully reviewed by Louisiana law enforcement. So far, the woman faces multiple charges, including vehicular homicide, but no court date has been publicly announced at this time.
According to the accident report, around 1 a.m., the woman negotiated a turn onto Highway 16 when the accident occurred. Apparently, her SUV collided with a motorcycle driven by a 25-year-old man and carrying a 27-year-old female passenger. The force of the impact ejected both the driver and passenger from the motorcycle.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to coroners. Police do not believe he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. The passenger was rushed to a local hospital with injuries that were not detailed. She remains there as of this report. The driver of the SUV was booked into a detention center and now faces charges including felony hit and run, reckless operation, vehicular negligent injuring and vehicular homicide, as well as several other charges.
If the woman is found guilty of these charges, she could face serious jail time. However, even if Louisiana prosecutors do not secure a conviction, the family of the deceased man and the injured woman are both entitled to file for wrongful death and/or personal injury in civil court. Motorcycle accidents causing injury or death are actionable under state law, and if proof of negligence regarding the accident can be successfully presented, the court may choose to award damages to the injured parties and the family of the deceased.