Leesville motorcyclist dies in two-vehicle accident near DeRidder

The following is a news release from the Louisiana State Police:

On April 27, 2012, at 4:10 PM, troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on Louisiana Highway 112 in Beauregard Parish about three miles east of DeRidder that claimed the life of a Leesville, LA resident.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling east on LA 112 at a high rate of speed when the driver, 58-year-old Robert L. Willis of Leesville, struck the rear of an eastbound 2011 GMC Yukon and lost control of the motorcycle he was riding.  After impact, the motorcycle traveled 616 feet before coming to rest.  Willis sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Yukon, 43-year-old Donna Hollins of Grant, LA was not injured.

At the time of the crash, Willis was attempting to elude officers with the DeRidder Police Department.

Routine toxicology samples were obtained for analysis and the crash remains under investigation.

Speeding reduces a driver's ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation.  Troopers encourage motorists to observe the speed limit and to drive in a safe and prudent manner.