Speeding Motorcyclist Killed in Jefferson Parish Fatal Crash

Published: 06-12-2021 | Category: Troop B

Speeding Motorcyclist Killed in Jefferson Parish Fatal Crash
Marrero – Last night, just before 11:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated a fatal crash on LA 45 southbound near Oak Forest Blvd in Jefferson Parish. The single vehicle crash involved a motorcycle and claimed the life of 69-year-old Harlan Willis of Gretna.

Troopers initial investigation revealed that Willis was operating a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle on LA 45 southbound near Oak Forest Blvd at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, Willis failed to negotiate a left hand curve and ran off the roadway to the left. The motorcycle then traveled through a ditch at which time Willis was ejected. Despite wearing a DOT approved helmet at the time of the crash, Willis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Impairment is unknown at this time. however, a toxicology test will be performed following an autopsy. This crash remains under investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

Troopers encourage all riders to take an approved motorcycle safety course. These courses teach safe riding practices and help you apply safe riding strategies that can help reduce your chance of injury should a crash occur. Anyone interested in attending motorcycle safety courses can go to http://lsp.org/motorcycle.html for more information. Making good choices while riding a motorcycle, such as never driving while impaired and obeying all traffic laws, can often mean the difference between life and death.

Contact Information:
Sgt. Monroe Dillon
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs/ Recruiting Section