PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police say that a high rate of speed is a factor in a fatal motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a New Orleans firefighter.
The firefighter has been identified as 25-year-old Corey Smith. According to a New Orleans Fire Department spokesman, Smith was a four-year firefighter assigned to Engine 39 on the 1st platoon.
The accident happened around 4 p.m. Sunday in Braithwaite, near the Scarsdale Ferry.
Troopers say that Smith was driving a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa at a high rate of speed on LA 39 south. Officers say the road curved to the right and the Suzuki crossed the northbound lane. The motorcycle ran off the road and struck a warning signal connected to a metal pole then struck a culvert.
Smith was ejected and transported to Ochsner Medical Center Westbank where he was pronounced dead. Police say Smith was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Speed is a factor and impairment is unknown and pending the completion of an autopsy.