Members of the New Orleans Police Department’s Fatality Unit are investigating a motorcycle accident in the Treme Neighborhood that left one motorcyclist, a 38-year-old local man dead and another motorcyclist, a 40-year-old man in stable condition at the hospital. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of family members. The accident occurred shortly before 12:00 a.m., on the Eastbound North Claiborne entrance ramp just before Esplanade Avenue.
A group of motorcyclist entered the Eastbound North Claiborne entrance ramp at St. Philip Street. When they approached the elevated portion of the ramp just before entering the Interstate, the driver of one of the motorcycles lost control and struck another motorcyclist. The 38-year-old driver of a white Susuki was ejected from his motorcycle. He went over the concrete rail and fell onto North Claiborne Avenue. He died on the scene. His motorcycle continued forward onto the Interstate and struck the cement rail. A vehicle traveling on the Interstate struck his motorcycle. No one was injured. The driver of the other motorcycle, a black Susuki was transported to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.
Emergency Medical Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced the 38-year-old man dead and transported the 40-year-old man to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
No citations were issued and the accident remains under investigation and is ongoing.
The Orleans Parish Coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Blood and Alcohol test are pending.
Fatality Investigator Melvin Hunter is in charge of the investigation.
Officer Garry Flot