Tangipahoa Parish, LA (September 9, 2019) – There was a deadly motorcycle accident that occurred in Tangipahoa Parish late Friday night, September 6. The crash happened on LA-445 south of the US-190 around 11:00 p.m. The accident resulted in the arrest of the operator and the death of the motorcycle passenger.
According to Louisiana State Police (LSP), the motorcyclist 36-year-old Dustin Cox of Amite, LA, was speeding while riding on a 1998 Kawasaki ZX750P southbound on LA-443. A chase ensued with police as Cox turned east onto US-190. Due to reckless driving and the safety of other motorists, the officer ended the pursuit of Cox. Cox then turned south onto LA-445.
Troopers found that Cox sideswiped a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe on LA-445, resulting in the passenger of the motorcycle, Marissa Barrett, 24, of Lumberton, MS, being ejected after the motorcycle veered off the roadway.
Both Cox and Barrett were taken to a local hospital for treatment, where Barrett succumbed to her injuries.
Cox was taken into custody under various charges, including operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
The crash is still under investigation.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Marissa Barrett at this time.
Motorcycles are a pretty common pastime of Louisiana residents. There were a reported 1,854 motorcycle crashes reported in 2017, which is likely significantly less than the actual number. There were 96 deadly crashes in the state that year, meaning that 8.67% of all fatal crashes involved motorcycles in the state.
A majority of motorcycle crashes are caused by speeding or intoxicated motorcycle operators. Drinking always increases the chances of being involved in a serious crash. Ultimately, no one should be harmed simply due to the kind of vehicle they drive.
When seeking damages for injuries resulting from a crash, experience matters. Fisher Injury Lawyers has recovered millions for our clients in the past two decades. Contact our team of skilled Louisiana motorcycle crash attorneys today at (225) 766-1234.
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