A crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 49 took the life of Donald Royer of Lafayette.

State Police say 62-year-old Willie Smith of Church Point merged his car into the right hand lane of travel in front of Royer's motorcycle.

Royer tried to avoid hitting the rear of Smith's car, but when he did he lost control of his motorcycle, and he was thrown from it.

Royer was taken to a local hospital, and he later died from his injuries.