Winn Parish – On January 23, 2023, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a one-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 34. The crash claimed the life of 62-year-old Hiram Cook of Winnfield.
The initial investigation revealed that Cook was traveling east on Louisiana Highway 34 on a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle. For reasons still under investigation, the motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. This action ejected Cook from the motorcycle.
Cook, who was wearing a helmet, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis.
While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state. Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving. A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences.
In 2023, Troop E has investigated one fatal crash, resulting in one death.