At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Friday May 12, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on US 51 south of the Village of Tangipahoa. The crash claimed the lives of 48 year-old Michael Dywane Jackson Dyson of Tangipahoa and 20 year-old Destiny Alexus Gordon of Kentwood.
Based on evidence examined at the scene, Troopers were able to determine that the crash occurred as Dyson was riding a 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle northbound on US 51 at a high rate of speed. Gordon was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. As Gordon was backing from a parking space, she backed across both lanes of US 51 into the path of Dyson’s motorcycle. The motorcycle crashed into the driver’s side door of the Malibu. Due to the motorcycle being operated at a high rate of speed, it penetrated into the driver’s compartment of the Malibu. Both drivers were killed in collision. Dyson was wearing a DOT approved helmet and Gordon was properly restrained. The investigation is ongoing and blood samples will be examined by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
This incident represents yet another example of a preventable crash where the consequences of poor decisions claimed a life. The everyday mundane act of driving can be transformed into a life-changing event when unsafe decisions are made. Please, take a moment and speak to your loved ones about the importance of safe decisions on the road. Remind them that simply wearing a seatbelt drastically reduces their chances of being killed or seriously injured in a crash. Explain to them the dangers that impairment and distractions pose to all motorists. The conversation you have today could be the difference tomorrow.