Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ron Besendorfer killed in Louisiana motorcycle crash

(From the Louisiana State Police)

Shortly after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated a fatal crash on LA 46 east near LA 300 in St. Bernard Parish.

The single-vehicle crash involved a motorcycle and claimed the life of 52-year-old Ronald Besendorfer of Chalmette, LA.

(Note: Besendorfer was a former Joplin insurance agent, a teacher and coach in the Carthage R-9 School District and was a Barton County native, attending Lamar and Liberal high schools.)

Troopers initial investigation revealed that Besendorfer was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle on LA 46 east near LA 300. 

For reasons still under investigation, Besendorfer lost control of the motorcycle, ran off the road to the right and was ejected. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. 

Besendorfer sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. 

It is unknown if speed and/or impairment were factors in the crash however, a toxicology test will be performed following an autopsy. 

The crash remains under investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

Motorcycle helmets are required by Louisiana law for all riders. The helmet will provide protection for the brain and decrease the chances of traumatic brain injury. 

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