Fatal hit-and-run crash involving motorcycle shuts down I-10 in New Orleans

Fatal hit-and-run crash involving motorcycle shuts down I-10 in New Orleans
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POSTED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 7:17pm

A motorcyclist was killed during a crash this afternoon on I-10 in New Orleans. Police say the vehicle responsible fled the scene and they are currently seeking the suspect.

The crash happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. on I-10 near the Louisa Street exit in Gentilly. New Orleans Police report that the motorcyclist was struck while traveling east. Witnesses say the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control for unknown reasons. He then collided with an oncoming 18-wheeler.

Officials say the 18-wheeler did not stop. The 22-year-old motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and landed on the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. A toxicology test will be performed.

 

 

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