Last Modified: Saturday, October 20, 2012 8:24 PM
Two men from Southwest Louisiana were killed less than three hours apart in separate motorcycle accidents, authorities said.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said 47-year-old George M. Gilliam, 1979 White Oak St. in Vinton, died around 10 p.m. Friday night after a single-vehicle crash on Gray Road in Vinton.
State Police Troop D spokesman James Anderson said 37-year-old Tommy Wayne Myrick, Moss Bluff, died shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving struck a guardrail on La. 378, about 1 mile from Westlake.
Myers said Gilliam was traveling westbound and failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line and skidded for about 20 feet before becoming separated from his motorcycle.
"Gilliam was pronounced dead at the scene by the Coroner’s Office," Myers said in a news release. "Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the accident."
Sgt. Anderson said Myrick was traveling north on La. 378 when it crossed the center line and struck a guardrail at the Westfork Bridge.
"Trooper Stephen Cyprien said the impact caused Myrick to be ejected from the motorcycle and land about 60 feet beyond the guardrail and off the roadway," Anderson said in a news release. "Myrick’s motorcycle travelled a further 160 feet before landing upon an embankment."
Anderson said Myrick was wearing an approved helmet but it is thought that excessive speed and alcohol could be factors in the crash.
Anderson and Myers said toxicology reports would be done for both accidents as mandated by state law.