Speed Suspected to be a Factor in Ascension Parish Fatal Crash

Published 5:33 pm Friday, May 14, 2021

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Donaldsonville – Shortly after 5:00 am on May 14, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash involving a motorcycle on LA Hwy 3089 west of LA Hwy 70 in Ascension Parish. The crash claimed the life of 26-year-old Ryan Andrade of Geismar.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Andrade was traveling westbound on LA Hwy 3089 on a 2019 Kawasaki motorcycle at a high rate of speed. At the same time, 21-year-old Ray Vega of Thibodaux was traveling northbound on the CF Service Road in a 2011 Ford F-150. For reasons still under investigation, Vega failed to yield and traveled into the westbound lane of LA Hwy 3089 and into the path of Andrade’s motorcycle. This resulted in the Kawasaki striking the Ford on its passenger side door.

Despite the fact he was wearing a DOT approved helmet, Andrade sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. Vega was properly restrained and was not injured.  As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges may be pending.

Motorists should always be cognizant of their surroundings and obey posted traffic control signs.  Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and obeying all traffic laws can often mean the difference between life and death.