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February 28, 2023

Motorcyclist Killed in Tangipahoa Parish Crash

On February 26, shortly after 3:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 12 near LA Hwy 445 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 39-year-old Joseph Boggs Jr. of Covington.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as a 2023 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by Boggs, was westbound in the right lane of Interstate 12. At the same time, a 2021 Volvo 18-wheeler was also westbound in the right lane of Interstate 12 ahead of the Kawasaki. For reasons still under investigation, the Kawasaki impacted the rear of the Volvo’s trailer. After impact, the Kawasaki traveled off the roadway to the right.

Although wearing a DOT approved helmet, Boggs suffered severe injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. A passenger on the Kawasaki, also wearing a DOT approved helmet, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the Volvo was properly restrained and was uninjured. Routine toxicology samples were collected from both drivers for analysis. Speed is suspected to be a contributing factor in this crash and the investigation is ongoing.

Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating a motor vehicle. Making good choices while riding a motorcycle, such as never driving while impaired and obeying all traffic laws, can often mean the difference between life and death. Troopers also encourage all riders to take an approved motorcycle safety course. These courses teach safe riding practices and help you apply safe riding strategies that can help reduce your chance of injury should a crash occur.

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