Trucker Repeatedly Runs Over Motorcyclist, Says He Thought He Hit Pothole
Baton Rouge, Louisiana – A trucker of 40 years has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide after police say he repeatedly ran over a motorcyclist and killed him on Tuesday in an apparent road rage confrontation.
Baton Rouge Police say 61-year-old truck driver Howard Lyons, of Alabama, was operating a 2015 Kenworth pulling a tanker eastbound along Florida Boulevard at 4:34 p.m. when 38-year-old Ryan Carter, drove past Lyons and yelled at him.
Police had already been called to an unrelated accident in the 2500 block when they say they witnessed the fatal incident unfold between the two men.
According to the arrest report, Carter was driving a 2003 Yamaha Jett Sport motorcycle.
After passing Lyons, police say they witnessed Lyons accelerate and strike Carter from the rear.
An officer in the area yelled for the vehicles to pull over to the side of the road, but Lyons refused.
He instead accelerated and struck the motorcycle in the rear again, according to police.
Carter’s motorcycle became wedged underneath the semi-truck, police say.
Carter was ejected and Lyons proceeded to run over him with “every tire on the passenger side of the truck,” the report says.
Investigators say Lyons told them he never saw Carter and accelerated to keep up with traffic.
Further, Lyons explained to police that he thought he hit a pothole.
However, surveillance video shows the motorcycle was several vehicle-lengths in front of the 18-wheeler before the final crash, the report says.
Baton Rouge Police took Lyons into custody and he was charged with negligent homicide, according to public information officer Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely Jr.
Mckneely said the investigation is ongoing.
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