Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on July 8, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle on LA Hwy 934 (Gold Place Rd.) east of LA Hwy 431 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 66 year old Gary D. Fortney of St. Amant.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Fortney was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle eastbound on LA Hwy 934. As he was traveling east, a dog entered the eastbound lane of travel from a ditch into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcycle hit the dog, causing Fortney to lose control and be ejected from the motorcycle.

Despite the fact that he was wearing a DOT approved helmet, Fortney suffered fatal injuries as a result. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is not suspected to have been a factor in the crash, but toxicology results are pending. The dog was also killed as a result, and the owner was located. This investigation is ongoing.

Although not all crashes are survivable, Troopers would like to encourage all riders to take an approved motorcycle safety course. These courses 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, visithttp://www.lsp.org/motorcycle.html.

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