A five-vehicle crash that occurred when a woman drove through a red light left a 53-year-old man dead in Gretna on Sunday evening, according to officials.
Mark Harmon, of Terrytown, was killed about 6:30 p.m. while riding his motorcycle past the intersection of Lafayette Street and the ground level of the Westbank Expressway, State Police said. He was ejected from his 2016 Harley Davidson after being hit by Lillie Liccardi, 72, who ran a red light at Lafayette while driving a 2014 Infiniti QX80 in the center lane of the expressway, State Police said.
Following the crash, Harmon’s motorcycle slid across the roadway and struck two other cars stopped at the red light, State Police said.
Meanwhile, a second motorcyclist — identified as 56-year-old Mark Duffy of Gretna — struck Liccardi’s Infiniti on the driver’s side rear door and was ejected.
Harmon and Duffy were taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans for treatment. Harmon was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, and Duffy remained in critical condition on Monday morning, State Police said.
State Police said neither speed nor impairment were considered factors in the crash. Liccardi voluntarily took a breath test, and authorities did not detect alcohol.
She also gave a blood sample, and the results of a toxicological analysis were pending Monday. State Police said the deadly wreck remained under investigation, and criminal charges could still be pending.
Harmon and Duffy were wearing helmets that were approved by the federal Department of Transportation, State Police said.
No other injuries were reported, and the drivers of the cars involved were all properly wearing seat belts, State Police said.