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A Louisiana State Police vehicle is pictured in this Advocate file photo.

A man died after the motorcycle he was driving veered off a state highway in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana State Police said Wednesday.

David Diddon, 52, of Kentwood, was riding a 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle southbound on La. 1061 sometime before 8:30 Wednesday morning when the motorcycle left the roadway at a point just east of Amite City, state police said. 

For reasons police are still investigating, the motorcycle swerved across the two-lane highway and hit an embankment, sending Diddon flying from the vehicle, officials said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigators obtained a blood sample from Diddon, who police said was wearing a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet at the time of the crash.

James Finn writes for The Advocate as a Report For America corps member. Email him at JFinn@theadvocate.com or follow him on Twitter @RJamesFinn.

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