2 motorcyclists killed in separate accidents

Crashes took place in Luling, Ama

A pair of motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes that took place in St. Charles Parish last Friday.

The first fatality occurred when a 16-year-old girl ran a stop sign and crashed her Jeep Cherokee into a motorcycle on Highway 90 in Luling, killing the motorcycle’s driver, according to Louisiana State Police.

The crash occurred Friday morning at 6:40 a.m. when the girl, who was not identified, was exiting northbound on Coronado Drive. The juvenile disregarded a stop sign, proceeded onto Highway 90 eastbound and struck a 2006 Kawasaki that was driven by 23-year-old Dean Jiles, according to the crash report.

Jiles was ejected from the Kawasaki and was transported to Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans, where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Jiles was wearing a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation.

The 16-year-old was wearing a seat belt and refused medical treatment. Impairment is not suspected in the crash, but the St. Charles Parish District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine what charges the girl will face.

Later that evening, a 60-year-old Waggaman man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle into an 18-wheeler on River Road in Ama.

William Ziebel was driving his 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on River Road and failed to stay in his lane when he approached a right-hand curve in the roadway. The motorcycle entered the westbound lane at 5:10 p.m. and the front of the Harley Davidson crashed head on into a semi, according to State Police.

Ziebel sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to St. Charles Parish Hospital, where he later died.

According to State Police, Ziebel was wearing a novelty helmet, which was not approved by the state’s Department of Transportation. Ziebel’s speed was considered a factor in the crash and authorities  say it is unclear if he was impaired at the time of the wreck.

Blood samples were taken from both Ziebel and the driver of the semi-truck.


1 Comment

  1. After reading this article, I do hope drivers become more vigilant and cautious especially on busy roads. One mistake, or in this case accident, can change a person’s life may it be temporary or permanent. This incident must be dealt accordingly with the law in order to know which party is liable.

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