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Failure to Yield Results in Death of Motorcyclist in St. Mary Parish
St. Mary Parish – On November 19, 2020, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a two-vehicle fatality crash involving a motorcycle on Louisiana Highway 322 (Sterling Road) near Cypress Street in St. Mary Parish. The crash claimed the life of 56-year-old Felix Perro, Jr. of Franklin.

The initial investigation revealed a 2007 Kawasaki ZX-14 motorcycle was traveling east on La 322. At the same time, a 2013 International 18-wheeler pulling a sugar cane trailer, being driven by 56-year-old Miguel Martinez-Villalobos, was turning left onto La 322 from a private lot. The 18-wheeler failed to yield the right-of-way to the motorcycle. Perro, in an attempt to avoid the collision, ‘laid down’ the motorcycle but was unsuccessful and became lodged under the trailer.

Despite wearing a DOT approved helmet, Perro suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Martinez-Villalobos was properly restrained and was not injured.

Martinez-Villalobos, who showed no signs of impairment, did submit a voluntary breath sample which indicated no alcohol in his system. A toxicology sample was obtained from Perro for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

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