This afternoon, shortly after 3:15 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal crash on LA 40 near LA 442 (Loranger area) in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 36-year-old Brandon Verneuil of Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
The initial investigation revealed that Verneuil was traveling westbound on LA 40 on a 2012 Harley-Davidson. At the same time, a 2019 Hino commercial vehicle, driven by 36-year-old Bismal Perez Sanchez of Hialeah, Florida, was traveling eastbound on LA 40. For reasons still under investigation, Sanchez failed to yield and made a left turn across the westbound lane of travel into the path of Verneuil’s Harley-Davidson. This resulted in the Harley-Davidson striking the Hino commercial vehicle on its passenger side.
Despite the fact Verneuil was wearing a DOT approved helmet, he sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. Sanchez was properly restrained and was not injured during the crash. As part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was taken from Verneuil for routine scientific analysis. Sanchez was given a chemical breath test and showed no signs of impairment. This crash remains under investigation.