Motorcyclist Killed in Ascension Parish Crash

Published 7:08 am Monday, June 26, 2023

McCall – This afternoon, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on LA 1 near LA 943 in Ascension Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 47-year-old Claudia Barraza of Rayne.   

The initial investigation revealed that Barraza was driving a 2019 Can-Am Ryker headed south on LA 1.  For reasons still being investigated, Barraza ran off the road to the right, entered a ditch, and struck an embankment.  The impact caused Barraza to be ejected from her motorcycle.        

Although Barraza was wearing a DOT approved helmet, she sustained serious injuries in the crash.  Barraza was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.  As part of the ongoing investigation, a toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation. 

Whether on motorcycle or in a vehicle, drivers should make good decisions while traveling on the roadway.  Motorcyclists should practice safe and responsible operator behavior such as obeying speed limits, wearing a helmet, and never operating their motorcycle under any form of impairment. If motorists witness hazardous situations or possible impaired drivers, they may dial *LSP (*577) to be connected to the nearest Troop to report that activity.