JPSO: Motorcyclist dies after head-on collision trying to pass vehicle

MARRERO, La. – Deputies are investigating a traffic fatality in Marrero.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of 4th Street. 

Authorities said witnesses told them Gabriel Collier, 36, was driving a 2014 Suzuki GSX motorcycle was traveling eastbound on 4th Street when he tried to pass a vehicle in front of him, but instead it a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado head-on that was in the opposite lane.

Officials said Collier was thrown from the bike and brought to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the truck, Barry Blanchard, told deputies the motorcycle suddenly appeared in his lane, hitting the truck. Authorities said Blanchard gave a breathalyzer test, and no alcohol was found in his system.

The investigation is still ongoing.

(© 2016 WWL)


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