Three motorcyclists injured in separate crashes
PRAIRIEVILLE - State troopers responded to three incidents involving motorcyclists Sunday.
Investigators say each cyclist sustained serious injuries.
The first crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on Hwy. 61 and Duplessis Rd. in Ascension Parish.
Police say 25-year-old Matthew Anders of Gonzales was heading south on Hwy. 61 when a turning car struck his motorcycle. Troopers believe Anders' high rate of speed may have led to the crash.
An hour later, police were called out to a hit-and-run on Hwy. 74 in Ascension Parish. Thomas Bates, 49, struck a minivan as it turned onto Louis White Rd. The driver of the van then fled the scene.
Troopers say they later found the abandoned vehicle.
Police arrived on the scene of a third motorcycle crash just after 6:30 p.m. in East Baton Rouge Parish.
It happened on Liberty Rd. near Port Hudson-Pride Rd.
Troopers say 56-year-old Michael Harriel of Ethel was driving southbound on Liberty Rd. when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road and struck a bridge railing. He suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash.
Investigators believe Harriel may have been impaired and speeding at the time of the crash.
Toxicology results are pending.