Denham Springs –Troopers with Louisiana State Police’s Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle accident around 1 a.m. Friday that claimed the life of a 44-year-old Arizona woman, according to Sgt. Bryan Lee.

The wreck occurred on La. 16 south of La. 1026 in Livingston Parish, Lee said, and he identified the victim as Karen Romero of Phoenix.

The initial investigation by troopers indicated the crash occurred as Romero was traveling westbound on La. 16 on a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, the Troop A public information officer continued.

“Romero failed to negotiate a right hand curve and ran off the left side of the roadway,” Lee said. “Romero’s Harley Davidson crashed into a ditch and ejected her from the motorcycle.”

Despite the fact that Romero was wearing a La. Department of Transportation and Development-approved safety helmet, she sustained fatal injuries in the crash, he continued.

“She was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office,” Lee said. “Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash and a toxicology sample will be taken from Romero for analysis.”

The public information officer said Louisiana State Police would like to encourage all riders to take an approved motorcycle safety course.

“These courses teach safe riding practices and help you apply safe riding strategies that can help reduce your chance of injury should a crash occur,” Lee said. “Making good choices while riding a motorcycle, such as never driving while impaired and obeying all traffic laws, can often mean the difference between life and death.”

For more information on the Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program, visit


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