On Monday, October 5, 2020, just before 10:00 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on LA 434 north of US 190 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 50-year-old Charles G. Trapani of Baldwin, Wisconsin.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Trapani was northbound on LA 434 on a 2017 Harley Davidson Motorcycle when a southbound 2014 Cadillac CTS, driven by 33-year-old Lois B. Roman, made a left turn towards Berry Todd Road in front of him. Trapani was wearing an approved DOT helmet and was ejected off of his motorcycle upon impact with the Cadillac. He sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene.
Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash but as part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected from Roman and Trapani for scientific analysis. Roman was cited for Failure to Yield while turning left. The crash remains under investigation and any further charges will be forwarded to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to make good, safe decisions such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, obeying the speed limit, and avoiding all distractions. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.