Franklinton man killed in motorcycle crash

Published 4:29 am Saturday, November 5, 2016


Washington Parish deputies responded to a fatal motorcycle crash Tuesday night.

According to information from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, Jean P. Rohrer, 40, of Franklinton, was traveling on his motorcycle on Fisher Road near CC Road off Highway 25 South, at a high rate of speed.

According to a witness, the motorcycle accelerated and passed her. As she continued on Fisher Road, she saw the motorcycle in the ditch. It appeared that the driver of the motorcycle lost control and crashed, WPSO officials said. Jean P. Rohrer was pronounced dead by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said that speeding is always dangerous, but it becomes an even greater danger on a motorcycle.

“Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they’re more likely to be injured or killed,” he said. “The federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2014, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars.

“Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr. Rohrer.”