Motorcyclist Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash in Vermilion Parish  

Published: 09-29-2023 | Category: Troop I


September 29, 2023  

Motorcyclist Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash in Vermilion Parish  

Vermilion Parish – At approximately 7:30 p.m. on September 28, 2023, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were notified of a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on Louisiana Highway 82 near John G. Bares Road in Vermilion Parish. The crash took the life of 45-year-old Justin R. Roberie of Lafayette.  

The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash occurred as Roberie was driving a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on LA Hwy 82. For unknown reasons, Roberie failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway to the right. Upon doing so, Roberie was ejected from the motorcycle.

Roberie was not wearing a DOT-approved helmet at the time of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Impairment is unknown, and a toxicology sample was submitted for analysis.  

Troopers urge motorcyclists of all ages and experience levels to take extra precautions while riding and ensure they are adequately prepared and trained for various riding conditions. Through participation in certified training programs, riders are educated on safe riding practices such as being visible, dressing for safety, applying effective riding strategies, and knowing the capabilities and limitations of their motorcycle. Motorcyclists are taught how to use these safety practices to avoid being involved in a crash and to reduce the chance of injury should a collision occur.

Motorcycle riders can find more information on helmet guidelines and rider safety courses by visiting www.LSP.ORG/motorcycle.html

Troop I has investigated 36 fatal crashes, resulting in 41 deaths in 2023.