Iberville crash claims off-duty Lafayette police officer

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Richard "Ricky" Rees

BATON ROUGE - An off-duty Lafayette Police Lieutenant died in a motorcycle crash Saturday on La. 3000, according to Louisiana State Police Tpr. Stephen Hammons.

Around 2 p.m. 45-year-old Richard "Ricky" Rees was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson north. Rees was entering a sharp right curve and traveled off the road into a ditch.

Rees and his passenger, 34-year-old Bridget Benoit were ejected from the vehicle. Rees was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberville Parish Coroner. Benoit was transported to a local hospital by Acadian Ambulance Air-Med with moderate injuries, according to Hammons.

Routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation, according to Hammons.