RED RIVER PARISH, La. – Louisiana State Police Troop G is investigating a late Friday single-vehicle motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a Coushatta man.
According to troopers, 47-year-old Kenneth Tilley died after his 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycle struck a tree, while his passenger, Stephanie Bullock of Coushatta, was injured.
Just before 10 p.m. Friday, Troop G troopers responded to a motorcycle crash on WPA Road, just north of Louisiana Highway 786.
The initial investigation revealed that a Tilley was driving his Harley with Bullock riding with him southbound on WPA Road at a high rate of speed.
For reasons still under investigation, Tilley lost control of the motorcycle, veered off the roadway and struck a tree, ejecting both himself and Bullock.
Both Tilley and Bullock were rushed to a local hospital, where Tilley, who was not wearing a helmet, died.
Bullock, who also wasn’t wearing a helmet, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators suspect both impairment and speed were factors in the crash.
A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.
The crash remains under investigation.