Louisiana State Police officials say that there was a two-car crash that happened last night in St. Landry Parish, and a man from Scott is dead as a result.

State Police Troop I Spokesman Trooper Thomas Gossen says the crash was between a pickup truck and a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider, 36-year-old James Ryan Elliott of Scott, died because of the collision. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner's Office.

Around 10:30 last night, Gossen says that 33-year-old Ryan Joseph Broussard did not control his pickup truck when he was coming out of a left-hand turn, and he crashed into Elliott's Harley, killing him.

All of this happened as Richard was coming off of Billeaux Road, and he was entering onto Louisiana Highway 93.

Gossen says that Broussard was given a breathalyzer test, and he blew a .224g%. routine toxicology tests are pending for Elliott.

Broussard has been charged with several things including the following:

Vehicular homicide

Careless operation

Not wearing a seat belt

Richard was not injured even though he was not buckled up.

Gossen says they are continuing to look into all of the circumstances surrounding this fatal crash.

The trooper says that there are several things that can lead to a fatal crash, and they are as follows:

  • Any type of impaired driving
  • Not wearing your seat belt
  • Any type of distracted driving

He adds that one moment of carelessness or inattention can have devastating consequences.

Gosses suggests that you always designate a driver, use a driving service, and he reminds people to always buckle your seat belt.