Parish president hospitalized in motorcycle crash had no helmet, no motorcycle endorsement: crash report

ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Parish President who was attempting to teach his 19-year-old daughter how to operate a motorcycle when the pair were involved in a crash was not wearing a helmet and is not endorsed to operate a motorcycle in Louisiana, according to sheriff's investigators.

St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene of the crash in the Oaklawn Ridge neighborhood in St. Rose around 7:50 p.m.

Cochran told deputies he was teaching his daughter how to drive a motorcycle when she lost control and crashed into a neighbor's yard, according to the crash report.

The report says Cochran was riding as a passenger on the back of the motorcycle while his daughter was driving and both were ejected during the crash.

Cochran and his daughter were sent to the hospital. His daughter was released with minor injuries.

Deputies said Cochran had visible swelling in his right leg from his ankle to knee and that the parish president complained he had a hard time breathing and shoulder pain.

A spokesperson for St. Charles Parish said Cochran is expected to miss work for multiple weeks, and his daughter told FOX 8 Cochran would be in the hospital for "some time". She would not disclose the extent of her father's injuries. The following statement was released:

"My daughter and I are truly blessed beyond words. Something as innocent as teaching my daughter how to drive a motorcycle in front of my home can change from excitement to tragedy in an instance. I am thankful that my daughter sustained only minor injuries in the accident. I have a few broken bones and some bruising that will heal in time. I am so grateful for the calls and continued prayers from so many. It makes me proud to live in such a caring parish. Regardless of how simple a short ride in front of my home may seem, it was my responsibility to insist helmets be worn, a lesson I am fortunate enough to talk about today," Cochran said in a statement. "As your parish president, ensuring that the day to day operations of parish government run uninterrupted is very important to me. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Billy Raymond will handle the day to day operations for St. Charles Parish government while I am on the mend. I am in constant contact with and have the utmost faith in my CAO and administration. Again, I'd like to thank the residents of St. Charles Parish for all of their support."

Deputies issued citations to Cochran's daughter including careless operation, no helmet and no insurance.

Cochran was issued a citation for not wearing a helmet, which is a misdemeanor.

Cochran is currently in a diversion program after his 2016 arrest in Kenner for an alleged DUI.

The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office is not commenting on Mr. Cochran's status in diversion, according to a spokesperson with the DA.