Denham Springs– Shortly after 12:00 pm on May 14, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on LA 16 east of LA 1026 in Livingston Parish. The crash took the life of 66-year-old Donald McNair of Prairieville.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as McNair was traveling eastbound on LA 16 on a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle. McNair lost control of his motorcycle in a curve and slid into the westbound lane of LA 16. McNair was struck by a 2006 Ford Escape driven by 81-year-old Diane Bezdek of Greenwell Springs.
McNair sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. Bezdek was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash but a toxicology sample was taken from both drivers for analysis.
Troopers encourage all riders to take an approved motorcycle safety course. These courses teach safe riding practices and help you apply safe riding strategies that can help reduce your chance of injury should a crash occur. Making good choices while riding a motorcycle, such as never driving while impaired and obeying all traffic laws, can often mean the difference between life and death.
For more information on the Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program visit www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html