Man dies after crashing motorcycle into car while speeding

Man dies after crashing motorcycle into car while speeding
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POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 2:04pm

A two-vehicle crash claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Calcasieu Parish.

The crash took place on June 26 at approximately 4:00 p.m.

A motorcycle, operated by Zachery David Manuel, 25, of Lake Charles, was traveling east on LA 3256 and began to pass three vehicles. The lead vehicle, a 2005 Hyundai Sonata driven by Belinda D. Chapman, 37, of Lake Charles, was turning left into a private driveway. The motorcycle then struck the driver’s side of the Hyundai causing Manuel to be ejected from the motorcycle.

Manuel, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

Excessive speed on the part of Manuel is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Chapman, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.

A routine toxicology sample was obtained from both drivers and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation. 

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