Fatal motorcycle crash on LA 82 in Vermilion Parish

Photo courtesy: MGN

A man is dead after a motorcycle crash that happened in Vermilion Parish on Saturday morning.

Shortly after 11 a.m., state police responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA 82 at West Jane St. in Abbeville. The investigation revealed Mitchel Thibeaux (43) of Abbeville was driving eastbound on LA 82 when he collided with Stephen Gilkey (35) of Lafayette. Gilkey braked, laid the motorcycle down, but could not avoid the collision. Gilkey suffered critical injuries and was transported to Abbeville General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mitchell Thibeaux was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.  Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. Thibeaux submitted to a chemical breath test and results showed no signs of impairment.  Toxicology samples were taken from Gilkey and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Thibeaux was cited for Failure to Yield.  This crash remains under investigation.

 

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