GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police urges witnesses to come forward with information about a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy John DePedro Jr.
Investigators want drivers who were in the area at the time of the crash to call 225-754-8500 with information.
Louisiana State Police said the initial investigation showed the wreck happened as DePedro was headed south on Highway 30 on a 2017 Harley Davidson Roadster, when for reasons still under investigation, DePedro tried to pass a vehicle in a no passing zone, then hit a raised speed hump in the center turn lane, causing him to be thrown off the motorcycle.
Police says the motorcycle skidded across the road and hit a 2000 Toyota Tacoma that was headed north on Highway 30. DePedro was wearing a DOT-approved helmet, but sustained life-threatening injuries nonetheless. He was was taken to a local hospital, but did not survive.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said he hired DePedro in 2008 and that he worked in the parish prison and he was currently assigned to the Special Community Anti-Crime Team. DePedro was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
DePedro, who lived in Baker, left behind a wife and two children.