Louisiana State Police are investigating an accident that left a motorcyclist dead and two others injured. The incident occurred Saturday, just before 11:30 a.m. on Highway 3127 in St. Charles Parish.
Police say that 30-year-old Jonathan Dascher of Lacombe and 29-year-old William Harrison of Mt. Dora, Florida were riding motorcycles on Highway 3127, just north of the St. Charles Parish Jail in Hahnville. A pickup truck, driven by 84-year-old Norman Samuel of Edgard was traveling south on the highway, also near the jail.
For unknown reasons, Dascher's motorcycle crossed the center line and veered into the southbound lane. Samuel noticed the oncoming motorcycle and tried to avoid hitting it, but was unsuccessful. Dascher struck the left-front fender of Samuel's pickup, causing him to be ejected from the motorcycle. Dascher was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He was brought to St. Charles Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The accident caused Samuel's pickup to leave the roadway on the right-hand side and roll over. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Harrison avoided the collision by laying his motorcycle down and sliding off of the roadway to the right. He also was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The investigation in to the crash continues. Investigators are looking into whether alcohol played a factor in the crash. Toxicology tests are being conducted and results for Dascher are pending. Blood samples were taken from Samuel and Harrison for testing at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and results are pending.