Off-road motorcycle driver killed in crash

A man from Napoleonville died Saturday night while riding his off-road motorcycle, soldiers said.

Ray Gilton, 35, died in the Highway 1 crash, state police said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Gilton, who was riding a KTM off-road motorcycle, was heading south on the shoulder to south of LA Hwy 1 at high speed. At the same time, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado was driving north on LA Hwy 1 and began to turn left onto Mathew Street. Gilton failed to stop, struck the side of the Chevrolet and was thrown.

Gilton was not wearing a DOT approved helmet and suffered fatal injuries. He was declared dead at the scene by the Assumption Parish coroner’s office. The driver of the Chevrolet was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries.

A toxicological sample was taken from Gilton and submitted for analysis. The driver of the Chevrolet provided a voluntary breath sample that did not reveal any alcohol detected. This accident is still under investigation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely than vehicle occupants to die in an accident. Making good choices while riding a motorcycle, such as never driving while impaired, obeying all traffic laws, and wearing a DOT approved helmet can often mean the difference between life and death.

Troop C investigated 37 fatal accidents that killed 47 people in 2021.

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