Troopers: Speeding motorcyclist fails to pull over, dies

Chris Miller
September 28, 2017 - 2:18 pm

Louisiana State Police says a motorcyclist died in a high-speed crash on LA 22 in St. Tammany parish. The crash took the life of 42-year-old Andrew Joseph Alessi of Baton Rouge.

Police say St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputies received several calls about a motorcycle speeding down LA 22 around 1:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. An officer with the Madisonville Police Department saw the motorcycle a short time later, his radar indicating the bike was traveling at 123 miles per hour.

The officer turned on lights and siren but authorities say the speeding motorcycle immediately vanished from view, headed west toward Ponchatoula on LA 22.

About ten minutes later, police were notified of a crash with injuries involving a motorcycle near the St. Tammany/Tangipahoa Parish line.

"Based on witness statements and evidence gathered at the scene, crash scene investigators determined Alessi was riding a 2012 Ducati motorcycle westbound on LA 22 at a high rate of speed," said Trooper Justin Dwight. "A 2016 Dodge Ram driven by 53-year-old Henry J. Jacobs III of Abita Springs was in the process of making a legal right turn onto Maison La Lafitte Blvd. from LA 22 westbound.  Alessi attempted to pass Jacobs’s truck on the right shoulder.  After entering the shoulder, Alessi crashed into the right side of Jacobs truck and was ejected from his motorcycle."

Officials say Alessi was wearing an approved helmet; nevertheless, he suffered severe injuries in the crash and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

As part of the investigation, blood samples taken from Alessi's body will be analyzed for signs of intoxication. Police say Jacobs provided troopers with a voluntary breath sample, which showed no presence of alcohol.

The investigation is ongoing.

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