Boutte man killed in fatal wreck Friday

A Boutte man was killed Friday (April 28) in a fatal crash around 1:30 a.m. on Airline Highway.

Jamal Walker, 38, was operating a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle south on U.S. 61 at a high rate of speed when he struck a 2015 Chrysler 200 driven by Jayedon Hobson, 20, of New Orleans, according to a Louisiana State Police Troop B investigation.

Hobson was stopped at the intersection and making a left turn onto U.S. Highway 61 South when the Suzuki impacted the right side of the Chrysler.

The Suzuki traveled off the road to the right and Walker was pronounced dead on the scene.

State Police report there were five occupants in the Chrysler, two of which were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The other three occupants were not injured.According to the State Police, speed is a factor in the crash.

Impairment is not suspected and Hobson voluntarily submitted to a breath test which no detectable alcohol was found in his system. Toxicology results for Walker are pending an autopsy.

The crash remains under investigation.Nationally, according to NHSTA, speeding is a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes.  Speeding is defined as speed too fast for conditions or in excess of the posted speed limit.

Speed limits are implemented in the best interest of public safety.  Numerous factors are taken into consideration when deciding on a speed limit.

Some of those include lane and shoulder width, vertical alignment, super elevation and curve radius.

Troopers witness firsthand the devastating effects in motor vehicle crashes caused by speeding.

Please be a responsible driver, obey speed limits, drive sober, buckle up and avoid distractions.

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