Distracted teen driver leaves motorcyclist dead in St. Helena Pa - KLFY News 10

Distracted teen driver leaves motorcyclist dead in St. Helena Parish

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State Police responded to a three vehicle fatality crash on Saturday involving a car and two motorcycles on La. 16 near O'Neal Lane in St. Helena Parish. 

The distracted driver, 19 year old Taylor Freeman of Pine crashed into a motorcycle killing 29 year old Jerry Worley III of Greensburg.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Honda Accord operated by Freeman was traveling westbound on La. 16 approaching O'Neal Lane. 

At the same time, a 2000 Harley Davidson Motorcycle operated by 51 year old Cline Hooper Jr. of Walker and a 2006 Honda Motorcycle operated by Worley were traveling, abreast, eastbound on La. 16 approaching O'Neal Lane. 

Freeman approached O'Neal Lane, crossed the center line, entered the eastbound lane, and continued westbound. 

While traveling the wrong direction the Accord struck the Harley Davidson and Honda head on ejecting Hooper and Worley.
 
Worley, who was wearing a D.O.T. approved helmet, was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Helena Parish Coroner's Office. Hooper, who was also wearing a D.O.T. approved helmet, received moderate injuries and was transported to Our Lady Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. 

Freeman, who was restrained, received minor injuries and was transported to Our Lady Lake Regional Medical Center in Walker.
 
Impairment is not suspected; however, blood samples were collected from Freeman, Hooper, and Worley so toxicological analyses can be conducted at the LSP Crime Laboratory. Those results and charges for Freeman are pending as this crash remains under investigation.

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