Shane King Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 42


A 48-year-old man from Gonzales, Louisiana died over the weekend after a motorcycle crash that took place on Highway 42.

Shane King, 48, was heading eastbound before being unable to make his way around a curve. His 1991 Harley Davidson slammed into the curb and King was thrown from the motorcycle.

He was airlifted to a hospital but did not survive the injuries he sustained. Toxicology results were reportedly administered by the medical facility to determine whether King was impaired at the time of the collision.

King was not alone during his ride in the early morning hours of June 4th. He was accompanied by a passenger, who was also flung from the motorcycle in the incident. The passenger survived the crash, suffering moderate injuries.

A Continuing Investigation

Investigation of the incident by local authorities remains in progress. While supporting details will be revealed in the coming days and weeks, it appears as if both individuals were not adhering to ideal motorcycle safety guidelines.

King was wearing a helmet, but not one approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Helmets green-lighted by the DOT are better equipped to absorb significant head trauma in an accident and adhere to federal safety standards. King’s passenger was not wearing a helmet during the ride.

Law enforcement released a statement shortly after the accident took place with regards to general motorcycle protection best practices.

“…Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation.” Via

Last month, another Gonzales resident lost his life in a motorcycle accident. Nathan Thomas died in an incident on U.S. Highway 183. He was 60 years old.

If you were injured in an accident in Louisiana, The Johnson Firm is here to help. We’re experienced attorneys who have served the Lake Charles area since 1980.

Call us at (337) 433-1414.

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