WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police are investigating a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a Franklinton man. The crash occurred Sunday at 9 a.m. on Highway 450, north of Highway 10 in Washington Parish. The motorcyclist has been identified as 47-year-old Matthew A. Bilello.
According to police, Bilello was riding a motorcycle north on Hwy 450 and as he made his way around a left-hand curve, for unknown reasons, he drove off of the right side of the roadway. Bilello was ejected from the motorcycle before hitting a culvert.
Police say that Bilello was wearing a DOT approved helmet at the time of the crash, but he suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner's Office.
Investigators do no believe that impairment played a role in the crash. As part of the investigation, blood samples were taken and will be analyzed at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.