Ponchatoula motorcyclist killed in Hammond crash
Hammond – Shortly after 9:00 pm on September 5, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on LA Hwy 3158 at Hipark Blvd. in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 24-year-old Jordan Russell of Ponchatoula.
The initial investigation by Troopers determined the crash occurred as Russell was riding a 2009 Yamaha R6 northbound on LA 3158 at a high rate of speed. At the same time, the driver of a 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer was making a right hand turn off LA Hwy 3158 onto Hipark Blvd. The motorcycle crashed into the rear of the Freightliner, causing Russell to be ejected.
Despite wearing a DOT approved helmet, Russell was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A toxicology sample was collected from him for analysis. The driver of the Freightliner was properly restrained and was uninjured, and impairment on his part was not a factor. The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.
Troopers urge drivers to always be aware of motorcyclists around them, and likewise urge motorcyclists to engage in safe riding practices when on our roadways. 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.