Troopers: Motorcyclist dies after hitting utility pole

ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police said a motorcyclist died after going off the road and getting thrown off his motorcycle Monday morning.

The victim was identified as Jim Thoman, 55, of St. Amant.

Troopers reported it happened on LA 429 west of LA 22 near St. Amant just before 6 a.m.

Tpr. Bryan Lee said the investigation done so far shows Thoman was headed east on LA 429 on a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle when it went off the road in a curve, was ejected and hit a utility pole.

He added investigators have not yet determined was caused the motorcycle to leave the highway.

According to Lee, Thoman was not wearing a DOT approved helmet. He also said Thoman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office.

Officials said it is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash and as with all deadly crashes on Louisiana highways, a blood sample was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

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