SLIDELL, La. – An off-duty Slidell Police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident yesterday.
Fifty-two-year-old Lieutenant Ray Dupuy died after the accident, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. on September 20 on Brownswitch Road west of Robert Boulevard, according to the Louisiana State Police.
A 29-year-old woman driving a 2014 Honda Civic eastbound on Brownswitch pulled in front of Dupuy’s motorcycle as he was headed westbound on Brownswitch.
Dupuy’s motorcycle slammed into the rear passenger side of the Honda, and he sustained severe injuries despite wearing a DOT approved helmet, according to the LSP.
Dupuy was transported to Ochsner Medical Center and then airlifted to University Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
“Lieutenant Ray Dupuy was a dedicated public servant who served and protected the citizens of Slidell for over two decades,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. “Please keep Lieutenant Dupuy’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. This is going to be a very difficult time for our Slidell Police family.”
The driver of the Honda was cited for improper turning. Impairment does not appear to have played a factor in the collision, according to the LSP.
The investigation is still active.
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be vigilant and to watch for motorcycles,” SPD spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau said. “As in this case, and may other cases, motorcycle crashes can be avoided if drivers take the extra time to look twice.”