On Friday, Dec. 31, shortly before 5:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle at the intersection of LA Hwy 27 and High Hope Rd. in Calcasieu Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 73-year-old Ronald F. Dupuis of DeQuincy.
The initial investigation revealed a 2005 Ford SUV, driven by 69-year-old Johnny D. Wright of Greenville Ohio, was traveling west on High Hope Rd. At the same time, a 2001 Honda motorcycle, being operated by Dupuis, was traveling north on LA 27 and approaching the intersection of High Hope Rd. Wright failed to yield at a posted stop sign and traveled into the intersection. Upon entering the intersection, the Ford was struck by the motorcycle. The impact caused Dupuis to be ejected from the motorcycle.
Dupuis was wearing a DOT approved helmet and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to a Sulphur area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Wright was properly restrained and not injured. Impairment is not suspected but toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Troop D has investigated 33 fatal crashes resulting in 34 deaths in 2021.