A 35-year-old Lafayette man was pronounced dead Saturday morning at the hospital of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash on LA 82 in Vermilion Parish, State Police said.
Stephen Gilkey was westbound on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle around 11 a.m. when Mitchel Thibeaux, 43, driving a 2014 Chrysler 200, made a turn on to West Jane Street in front of Gilkey, Troop I spokesman Brooks David said in a news release.
Although Gilkey applied his brakes and laid the motorcycle down, he could not avoid Thibeaux’s Chrysler, David said. Despite wearing a Department of Transportation and Development approved helmet, Gilkey was later pronounced dead at Abbeville General Hospital from injuries in the crash.
Thibeaux, of Abbeville, was wearing a seat belt and suffered no injuries, David said.
Police do not suspect impairment was a factor in the crash, David said, as Thibeaux showed no signs of impairment and submitted to a chemical breath test. Test results were sent to the Police crime lab for analysis.
The crash remains under investigation, but Thibeaux was cited for failure to yield, David said.