A five-vehicle crash on Hwy. 27 just north of Sulphur near Houston River Road claimed the life of a Texas man.
Shortly before 4 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to the crash on Hwy. 27 (North Beglis Parkway) just south of Houston River Road. A preliminary investigation revealed that several northbound vehicles were stopped on Hwy. 27 when a northbound 2000 Ford F-350 driven by 36-year-old Steven Horner of Westlake drove into then over a stopped 2003 Honda motorcycle driven by 67-year-old Richard Nogle of Newton, Texas.
The F-350 then struck a stopped 1990 Ford F-150 driven by 38-year-old John Deville of Sulphur. The momentum of the collision caused the F-150 that Deville was driving to strike the rear of a stopped 2000 Nissan Xterra driven by 30-year-old Samuel Yellott of DeQuincy.
The Xterra traveled to the right side of the road as the F-150 continued forward and struck the rear of a stopped 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 32-year-old Scotty Benoit of Port Arthur, Texas.
Nogle, the operator of the motorcycle, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office. All of the other drivers involved in the crash were wearing seat belts and each sustained minor injuries.
Toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending against Horner.
Nogle was the sixth motorcyclist to die in a crash investigated by Troop D this year.
Inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in the state, according to the LSP. It is important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving. More information on distracted driving may be found online at the federal government's official distracted driving website, www.distraction.gov.
Motorcycle awareness license plates are available through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. Visit their website at www.expresslane.org for more information. Funds generated from the purchase of the plates will be used by the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign to increase awareness and promote/support training and education efforts for motorcyclists.