St. Amant woman killed in Ascension Parish motorcycle crash

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On Sunday Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle that occurred on US Hwy 61 at LA Hwy 73 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 63 year old St. Amant resident Loretta A. Ward.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Ward was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on US 61. At the same time, 36 year old Stephanie Ledoux of Walker was stopped at the red light at the intersection of LA 73 and US 61 in a 2008 Nissan Maxima. When the light turned green, Ledoux began traveling eastbound through the intersection to make a left turn to travel northbound on US 61. For unknown reasons, Ward continued to travel through the intersection and her Harley Davidson struck the left side of the Maxima.

Despite the fact that she was wearing a safety helmet, Ward suffered fatal injuries from the crash. Ledoux was properly restrained; however, she suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital. Impairment on the part of either driver is not suspected.

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 bike. 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