A Crowley motorcyclist died on the Mississippi River Bridge Friday after accidents with two tractor-trailers, Baton Rouge Police said.
Roger Bentley, 47, is suspected of drinking alcohol, which is considered a factor in his death, police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said Saturday in a news release.
Bentley, 1292 Morrow Road, Crowley, was driving a 2003 Honda motorcycle eastbound in the middle lane of the bridge about 1:45 p.m. Friday when he lost control and struck the back of a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer.
That threw Bentley from his motorcycle into the inside travel lane of the bridge. A 2007 Sterling tractor-trailer, hauling new vehicles, hit Bentley.
“It is unknown at this time whether the first impact or the second impact actually killed him,” Coppola said Saturday. “That would be something for the coroner to decide.”
Police did not charge either truck driver. The crash still is under investigation.
State Police reported via text messages Friday that the accident happened near the Nicholson/Highland Road exit of the bridge.
The eastbound lanes of the bridge were closed for about six hours, from about the time of the accident at 1:45 p.m. until 7:41 p.m., when State Police texted a message that all the lanes were open.