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Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide in St. Landry Parish Crash

Carencro – Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on March 12, 2020, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 93 at Billeaux Road in St. Landry Parish. The crash took the life of 36-year-old James Ryan Elliott of Scott.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Elliott was riding a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on LA 93. At the same time, 33-year-old Ryan Joseph Richard was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup southbound on LA 93 after just turning left off of Billeaux Road. Ricard failed to maintain control of his pickup as he entered onto LA 93 and struck the oncoming Harley Davidson as he entered the northbound lane.
Despite the fact that he was wearing a DOT approved safety helmet, Elliott received fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office. Richard was uninjured, despite not being properly restrained. Richard did submit a proper breath sample indicating a blood alcohol concentration of 0.224g%.  Standard toxicology results are pending on the part of Elliott.
Richard was charged with LRS 32:295.1 no seat belt, LRS 32:58 careless operation, and LRS 14:32.1 vehicular homicide. This crash remains under investigation.
Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment and lack of seat belt usage are primary causes of crashes across the state of Louisiana. Nearly half of the fatal crashes in Louisiana are caused by impaired drivers. Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver. Please choose to not drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up.

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