LSP investigating two vehicle homicides in Ascension Parish, just hours apart

     ST. AMANT – On an unfortunately eventful evening in Ascension Parish, a motorcyclist was struck and killed on La. 22 near the intersection of La. 937.

     At approximately 11 p.m. on Dec. 9 – just a few hours after a vehicle crash in Prairieville claimed the life of bicyclist, 14-year-old Dutchtown High School student, Brennan Rube – Troopers from Louisiana State Police (LSP) Troop A began a similar investigation, a single vehicle crash involving a motorcyclist. 

     The crash took the life of 43-year-old, John Carrizal of Decatur, Ala. The initial investigation by LSP revealed that the crash occurred as Carrizal was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on La. 22.  LSP reported that Carrizal ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox. The impact caused Carrizal to lose control of the motorcycle and he was ejected – he was not wearing a safety helmet and suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. 

     Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash and a toxicology sample will be taken from Carrizal for analysis.

     Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorcyclists that Louisiana law requires that a DOT approved helmet must be worn while operating a motorcycle on Louisiana highways. Troopers also encourage all riders to take an approved motorcycle safety course. The courses teach safe riding practices and help riders apply safe riding strategies that can help reduce chances of injury should a crash occur. 

     Impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. Making good choices while riding a motorcycle, such as never driving while impaired, can often mean the difference between life and death.