Picayune man dies in I-59 motorcycle accident
Published 7:00 am Saturday, August 31, 2019
SLIDELL, La. – On Thursday August 29, 2019 at approximately 4:15 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal hit and run crash on Interstate 59 near the Interstate 10/12/59 interchange in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 38-year-old Bobby Allison Jr. of Picayune.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Allison was riding a 2004 Honda motorcycle southbound on Interstate 59 in the left lane. A 2005 Dodge truck, driven by 19-year-old Kyree Courington of New Orleans was in the right lane. Courington merged into the left lane and made contact with Allison’s motorcycle. The impact caused the motorcycle to exit the left side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the motorcycle entered the median and crashed into the cable traffic barrier.
Allison sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene. Following the crash, Courington fled the scene. Ultimately, Courington turned himself in to investigating Troopers. He submitted a voluntary breath sample, which showed no amount of alcohol present. Courington was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Improper Lane Use and Felony Hit and Run Driving Resulting in Death. The investigation is ongoing and any additional criminal charges will be forwarded to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Please take a moment to speak with loved ones about the importance of their safe decisions. Remind them to always wear a seatbelt, never drive impaired, and to avoid distractions. The conversation could be the difference in a serious crash.