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Denham Springs police officer dies from injuries in accident

Denham Springs police officer dies from injuries in accident

Author: Action News 17/Tuesday, December 30, 2014/Categories: Front Page

Denham Springs Police Officer James Foster, Jr. succumbed to injuries he received in a Monday evening crash in Baton Rouge.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the department mourned the veteran officer:

"With a heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the loss of Denham Springs Police Department Officer James Foster. On 12/29/14, at approximately 17:30 hours, Officer Foster was responding to a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 12 eastbound. He was riding a 2012 Harley-Davidson south on O’Neal Lane in Baton Rouge when a northbound Honda Accord turned left in front of him at East Riverdale Avenue. Officer Foster was transported to OLOL in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries sustained from the motor vehicle accident today at 15:36 hours. We ask that you keep Officer Foster’s family in your thoughts and prayers, along with the entire Denham Springs Police Department family during this difficult time."

Louisiana State Police Troop A is investigating the crash.

Original Release:

Baton Rouge – Shortly before 6:00 pm on December 29, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred on O’Neal Ln. north of I-12 in East Baton Rouge Parish. The crash seriously injured 39-year-old Denham Springs Police Officer James E. Foster, Jr. of Denham Springs.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Foster (who was responding to a crash on I-12 near Denham Springs) was riding a fully marked 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on O’Neal Ln. At the same time, 78 year old Janet B. Guedry of Baton Rouge was driving a 2008 Honda Accord northbound on O’Neal Ln. Guedry was in the center turn lane and was attempting to turn left across the southbound lanes of O’Neal Ln. to travel westbound on Riverdale Avenue E. As Guedry turned across the southbound lanes, Foster’s Harley Davidson struck the Honda.

Foster suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported from the scene to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was wearing a safety helmet. Guedry was properly restrained and was uninjured in the crash. Impairment is not suspected on the part of either Guedry or Foster. Guedry was cited for LRS 32:122 – Failure to yield turning left at an intersection. This crash remains under investigation.

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