Bike falters, struck from behind on U.S. 171

RAGLEY — A Longville motorcyclist is dead following a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Beauregard Parish, the second cycle fatality in this community this month.

 According to State Police, Troop D shortly after 9 p.m., responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 171 about 1 mile north of U.S. Highway 190.

 The initial investigation revealed a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by 60-year-old Michael Gill of Longville was traveling north on U.S. 171 in the left lane when the motorcycle encountered mechanical problems and lost all lighting.

 A 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Charles McLaughlin of Longville was traveling in the same lane and struck the motorcycle from behind.

 Gill, wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.  McLaughlin was not injured and was ticketed for not wearing a seat belt.

 Routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

Troop D has investigated 18 fatal crashes resulting in 25 deaths in 2017.  This is the second fatal crash involving a motorcycle on U.S. 171 in Ragley this month.