Motorcyclist killed in Lincoln Parish crash

 A single-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 west of Louisiana Highway 145 near Choudrant Saturday claimed the life of a 47-year-old man, according to Louisiana State Police.

Preliminary investigation by state troopers revealed Matthew L. McCarthy was traveling west on Interstate 20 on a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle about 4:15 p.m.  For reasons still under investigation, the motorcycle left the roadway and struck the median cable barrier.

McCarthy, who was wearing a DOT-approved helmet, sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.  Impairment is suspected to be a factor.  Toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.

State Police at Troop F were notified Wednesday that McCarthy had died from his injuries. This crash remains under investigation.

Although the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, State Police remind motorists that inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state. It is important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving and to get plenty of rest in order to remain alert.

This is the first fatal crash Troop F troopers have investigated in 2023.