LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - Less than five hours into the new year, a motorcyclist from Arnaudville lost his life in a crash that happened in St. Martin Parish.

Louisiana State Police Troop I says this is the first fatal crash they have investigated in 2023. According to their press release, 35-year-old Aaron S. Miller was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Louisiana Highway 3039 near Grand Bois Road in St. Martin Parish when he ran off the right side of a curve and was ejected.

LA 3039 near Grand Bois Road, google maps
LA 3039 near Grand Bois Road, google maps

Miller died at the scene where his DOT approved helmet was found. It's unknown if he was wearing it at when the crash happened. It's also not known if Miller was impaired and a toxicolgy sample is being analyzed at the lab by State Police.

Troopers leave this message for motorcyclists as they urge caution while riding:

Troopers urge motorcyclists of all ages and experience levels to take extra precautions while riding and ensure that they are properly prepared and trained for a variety of riding conditions. Through participation in certified training programs, riders are educated on safe riding practices such as being visible, dressing for safety, applying effective riding strategies, and knowing the capabilities and limitations of their motorcycle. Motorcyclists are taught how to apply these safety practices to not only avoid being involved in a crash but to greatly reduce the chance of injury should a crash occur.

Motorcycle riders can find more information on helmet guidelines and rider safety courses by visiting: www.LSP.ORG/motorcycle.html.

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