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WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) -
Louisiana State Police have reported a fatal motorcycle crash in Calcasieu Parish.
According to a news release from Troop D's Sgt. James Anderson, on Saturday, shortly after 1 a.m., troopers responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash on La. 378 about a mile north of Westlake in Calcasieu Parish that claimed the life of a Moss Bluff man.
Anderson said a preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Honda motorcycle operated by 37-year-old Tommy Wayne Myrick, of Moss Bluff, was traveling north on La. 378 when the motorcycle he was operating crossed the center line and struck an approach guardrail at the Westfork Bridge.
Anderson said the impact caused Myrick to be ejected from the motorcycle and land off the roadway, beyond the guardrail.
The motorcycle traveled about 160 feet before coming to rest down an embankment on the west side of La. 378, Anderson said.
Myrick, who was wearing an approved helmet at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office, Anderson said.
Anderson said excessive speed and alcohol use are suspected to be factors in the crash.
A toxicology sample was obtained for analysis, and the crash remains under investigation.
This is the fifth motorcyclist to die in a crash investigated by Troop D this year.