Red River Parish – On March 13, 2020, shortly after 8:45 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a one-vehicle, fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 786 east of United States Highway 371. This crash claimed the life of a Coushatta woman.
The initial investigation revealed a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by 37-year-old Dan Youngblood of Coushatta, was traveling westbound on Louisiana Highway 786 when it struck a deer in the roadway. After impact, the motorcycle overturned and exited the roadway.
Dan Youngblood, who was ejected from the motorcycle, sustained moderate injuries and was taken to local hospital. The passenger, 31-year-old Kimberly Youngblood of Coushatta, was also ejected from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Although helmets were worn by both occupants, neither occupant was wearing an approved DOT helmet.
A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Although you may not be able to prevent all injuries in a motorcycle crash, choosing the right safety equipment is the best way to prevent serious or fatal injuries. DOT approved helmets are made to safety standards which will increase the likelihood of preventing traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, and other serious injuries. Novelty helmets are not always DOT approved. These helmets are often thinner and lightweight which are designed for appearance. Louisiana law requires all occupants of motorcycles must wear DOT approved helmets.
In 2020, Troop G has investigated four fatal crashes resulting in four deaths.
TFC Brent Hardy
Louisiana State Police
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