Motorcyclist Dies As Driver Of 18-Wheeler Fails To Yield
A St. Mary Parish man was killed after the driver of an 18-wheeler hauling a cane trailer failed to yield while trying to turn onto Louisiana Highway 322.
Louisiana State Police Troop I Spokesman Trooper Thomas Gossen says the man operating the motorcycle, 56-year-old Felix Perro, was going down the roadway when the driver of the rig, 56-year-old Miguel Martinez-Villalobos, was trying to get onto the roadway, but he failed to yield to the motorcycle.
Perro say the 18-wheeler, and he tried to "lay down" his bike to avoid being hurt, but the motorcyclist was unsuccessful. He ended up going up under the cane trailer, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gossen says that Martinez-Villalobos did a breath test, and he man did submit blood for a routine toxicology test. The sample will be reviewed by state officials.
The trooper reminds drivers that because motorcycles are smaller, they can be very hard to see.