GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police said a motorcyclist was killed when a suspected drunk driver lost control and collided with him Wednesday evening.
Troopers identified the victim as Mark Boudreaux Jr., 45, of Gonzales. They said Justin Juul, 25, also of Gonzales, was driving the truck that hit Boudreaux's motorcycle. He faces charges of DWI (first offense), vehicular homicide and careless operation. According to LSP Trooper Jared Sandifer, Juul performed a breathalyzer and blew over the legal limit, which is .08%.
Boudreaux, was a founding member of the Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club. Members are law enforcement officials who help other causes. For example, just a few weeks ago, another member says they were asked by the Multiple Sclerosis Society to help with fundraising.
"Mark was the first to come out his pocket with $100 and say I'm in," said Dean Smith.
Smith and other members of the club were at the scene of the crash Thursday afternoon. They heard about the fatal accident shortly after if happened.
"They did tell us you don't need to go to the scene, but CPR is in progress."
Boudreaux was on his way to a Wild Pigs meeting, at the time of the crash.
Tpr. Jared Sandifer reported the crash happened on Cornerview Road (LA 429) near Old Jefferson Highway (LA 73) in the Geismar area around 7:30 p.m.
He said investigators found Juul was driving down a 2001 Chevrolet truck on Cornerview, while Boudreaux was on a 2011 Harley Davidson on that same road headed in the opposite direction. According to reports, the pickup went off the road and Juul over-corrected right into Boudreaux's path.
Sandifer said the impact caused Boudreaux to be thrown from his motorcycle and although he was wearing a helmet, died at the scene from the injuries he suffered.
The motorcycle club is now hoping to carry on one lesson they learned from Boudreaux. That, they say, is simply to help.
Boudreaux was also a board member for Project Kidz Kove, in Gonzales. The organization raises funds to build playgrounds so that all children can enjoy them. Boudreaux was also a reserve officer in Gonzales.