On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at approximately 1800 hours Broussard Police was dispatched to a major vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in the 400 block of La Neuville Road. Upon officers' arrival they observed a 2005 Kawasaki sport motorcycle laying in the eastbound lane of travel along with the driver, later identified as (Richard Carruth Jr, 39 YOA of Lafayette, LA). Also two other vehicles on the scene that were involved in the crash were a 2008 Ford ¾ ton workbed truck, which was driven by (Nathan Chelette, 29 YOA, of Lafayette, LA) and a 2009 Lexus SUV, which was driven by (Michelle Evans, 58 YOA of New Iberia).
Investigation revealed that Carruth was travelling West on La Neuville Rd when he just barely struck the rear of the Ford work truck that was stopping for traffic congestion, this caused him to be ejected off the motorcycle and go in to the oncoming lane of travel in front of the Lexus which ran over Carruth, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Lexus stated that she was driving East on La Neuville and heard a loud noise under the vehicle so she stopped and noticed that a crash had just occurred.
Carruth was driving with a suspended driver's license and was wearing a helmet at the time of crash. Alcohol involvement is possible as well but toxicology reports are pending for Carruth. The other two drivers were not injured and were not under the influence of alcohol.
Broussard Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident at La Neuville Road between Bonin and Youngsville Highway.
Police say the crash involved two vehicles and a motorcycle. The motorcycle driver has been pronounced dead. No one else was injured.