Man whose unlit trailer got stuck acquitted in crash death
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A man whose utility trailer got stuck on a turn off a Louisiana highway has been acquitted of negligent homicide in the death of a motorcyclist who hit the unlit trailer.
The Daily Comet reports that a six-member Lafourche (luh-FOOSH) Parish jury took 45 minutes Wednesday to clear 41-year-old Benny Chambless Jr. in the death of 61-year-old James Marcel Jr.
Louisiana State Police said Chambless had trouble with a right turn from Louisiana Highway 316 onto a private driveway, and was outside his pickup truck when Marcel's 2002 Harley Davidson hit the trailer.
Assistant District Attorney Rene Gautreaux (GOH-troh) said Chambers was negligent because he pulled a camper without lights across a dangerous highway.
Defense attorney Matt Ory said it was a tragic accident but not negligent homicide.
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