Police: Driver died after motorcycle travled for 212 feet before crashing into ditch
POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 6:49pm
WALKER, LA — A Pine Grove man died Thursday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash that occurred in Walker Wednesday evening.
According to Walker Police, James Bergeron, 50, of Pine Grove, La was traveling south on Walker North Road (La. 447), about a half-mile north of Florida Blvd when the accident occurred.
“Based on witness accounts and our accident investigation, it appears that Mr. Bergeron ran off the right side of the roadway as he approaching the railroad crossing on Walker North Road, causing the motorcycle to flip before crashing into a ditch,” said Captain John Sharp, Walker Police Department Public Information Officer. “First Responders from Fire Protection District Four and Acadian Ambulance EMTs treated Mr. Bergeron at the accident scene before transporting him to Our Lady of the Lake – Livingston. Mr. Bergeron was then taken by Air Med to OLOL Baton Rouge with critical injuries.”
One witness, who was behind Bergeron when the crash occurred, told Walker Police that the motorcycle operated erratically for several miles before the incident.
“A witness…reported that the motorcycle was swerving from the right shoulder to the center line at speeds varying between 25 and 55 mph,” Captain Sharp reported. “Our reconstruction of the accident indicates that Mr. Bergeron either did not apply the brakes after running off the road, or the brakes on the motorcycle failed to operate properly.”
Sharp stated that after leaving the roadway, the motorcycle traveled 212 feet before crashing into a ditch on the northwest side of the Canadian National Railroad tracks.
Walker Police were notified late Thursday evening that Bergeron had succumbed to his injuries.
“The consequences of this accident are obviously tragic,” said Sharp. “Our prayers go out to Mr. Bergeron’s friends and family during this difficult time.” Walker Police praised the work of the medical personal who attended to Bergeron’s injuries at the crash. “At the accident scene, it was clear that Mr. Bergeron was critically injured,” Captain Sharp said. “The District Four First Responders and Acadian Ambulance personnel did excellent work in quickly getting Mr. Bergeron stabilized so that he could be transported to the hospital and did everything possible to give him a chance to survive. I know that it is also difficult for them to learn of Mr. Bergeron’s passing.”
Toxicology results are pending and the accident remains under investigation