Rapides Parish – Yesterday evening, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Deville, LA. High speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, with regards to the motorcyclist
Troopers responded to the crash around 6:00 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 28 east of LA Hwy 116. The crash involved a 2002 Honda motorcycle, driven by Chris A. Adams (W/M 55 yrs) and a 2013 Toyota van, driven by Amy E. Lewis (W/F 38 yrs) of Pineville, LA. The motorcycle was westbound on LA Hwy 28, traveling at a high rate of speed, when Adams apparently failed to observe the Toyota stopped. Lewis was stopped in the westbound lane, waiting for eastbound traffic to clear before turning left. Adams then collided with the rear of Lewis’ vehicle.
Adams was wearing a helmet. He was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.
Lewis was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Motorcyclists must wear a proper US D.O.T. helmet when operating their motorcycle on Louisiana roadways. Although not all crashes are survivable, properly utilizing safety equipment like approved motorcycle helmets and seatbelts decrease your risk of serious injury or death.
Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation. Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of highway crashes and fatalities.
Motorcycle awareness license plates are available through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. Please visit their website at www.expresslane.org for more information. Funds generated from the purchase of the plates will be used by the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign to increase awareness and promote/support training and education efforts for motorcyclists.
Troop E Troopers have investigated 22 fatal crashes in 2014, resulting in 25 fatalities.