LSP investigating fatal motorcycle crash

LSP investigating fatal motorcycle crash
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POSTED: Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 6:34pm

Shortly after 12:00 pm Sunday Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle that occurred on US Hwy 61 at LA Hwy 73 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of Loretta A. Ward, 63.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Ward was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on US 61. At the same time, Stephanie Ledoux, 36 of Walker was stopped at the red light at the intersection of LA 73 and US 61 in a 2008 Nissan Maxima. When the light turned green, Ledoux began traveling eastbound through the intersection to make a left turn to travel northbound on US 61. For unknown reasons, Ward continued to travel through the intersection and her Harley Davidson struck the left side of the Maxima.

Despite the fact that she was wearing a safety helmet, Ward suffered fatal injuries from the crash. Ledoux was properly restrained; however, she suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital. Impairment on the part of either driver is not suspected.

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