On Friday, May 28, 2021, just before 10:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on WPA Road, just north of LA Hwy 786. This crash claimed the life of 47-year-old Kenneth Tilley, of Coushatta.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Tilley, was traveling southbound on WPA Road, at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, he lost control of the motorcycle, traveled off the roadway, and struck a tree. At that point, both he and his passenger, 39-year-old Stephanie Bullock, of Coushatta, were ejected.
Both were transported to local hospitals. Tilley was not wearing a helmet and suffered fatal injuries. Bullock was not wearing a helmet and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Impairment and speed are suspected factors in this crash. A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers would like to remind all motorists that driving any vehicle while impaired affects your judgement, slows your ability to react to changing road conditions, and makes it very difficult to measure distance. Also, DOT approved helmets are required, by law, for all motorcycle riders. Helmets often mean the difference between life and death in the event of a motorcycle crash.
In 2021, Troop G Troopers have investigated 10 fatal crashes resulting in 10 deaths.