NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop C are investigating a crash that left a 31-year-old motorcyclist dead. The accident occurred Saturday, just before 3:00 p.m. on Hwy 182. The victim has been identified as Paul Bunopane of Thibodaux.
According to police, Bunopane was traveling west on Hwy 182. At the same time, Ernest Delaune Jr., 40, of Raceland was driving an SUV east on the highway when failed to yield as he made a left-hand turn onto Savanne Rd. Unable to avoid hitting Delaune's vehicle, Bunopane struck the side of the SUV which caused him to be ejected from the motorcycle. Bunopane, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Terrebonne Parish Coroner's Office. Delaune was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident and submitted to a breath test, which showed no signs of alcohol usage.
The crash remains under investigation.