Vermilion Parish – Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a two-vehicle fatality crash involving a motorcycle on Louisiana Highway 343 at Louisiana Highway 697 in Vermilion Parish on September 21, 2021, shortly after 2:00 p.m.,. The crash claimed the life of 37-year-old Gerry John Lasseigne of Carencro.
The initial investigation revealed Lasseigne was operating a 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on LA 343. At the same time a southbound 2011 Peterbilt 18-wheeler, driven Michael Kagle of Orange, Texas, turned left onto LA 697 in front of Lasseigne causing the motorcycle to strike rear right wheels of the cab portion of the 18-wheeler.
Despite wearing a DOT approved helmet, Lasseigne was pronounced dead on the scene by the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office. A toxicology sample was obtained from Lasseigne for analysis. Kagle was properly restrained and was not injured. He showed no signs of impairment and did submit a voluntary breath sample which indicated no alcohol in his system.
This crash remains under investigation.