Tragic Accident

Monday, February 2, 2009 - 5:11pm

A tragic accident occurred Monday involving a motorcycle and two cars. Witnesses say the 18-year-old rider was driving too fast. He tried to brake for a car that stopped in front of him and that’s when things took a turn for the worst.

It’s a scene many of us have seen far too often: a motorcycle laying on its side in the middle of the road, its driver still, motionless, several yards away. Witnesses say the motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Highland Road at a high rate of speed. They say the vehicle in front of him stopped to make a left, he tried to slow down, but it was too late.

William Morgan says, “He looked right at us. You could see his face right when he hit the truck." Morgan was the passenger in the car that hit the 19-year-old. He says Christopher Roussell lost control of his bike, sending him soaring straight into oncoming traffic. “You wonder what you could have done to stop it, but there really wasn’t anything we could have done.”

It’s a tragic memory that Morgan admits will be tough to let go. “My kids will never own a bike, definitely if I ever have anything to say about it.”

Police suspect that Roussell could have been riding under the influence.

Late Monday afternoon, State Police told us Christopher Roussel was the same persona arrested back in 2007 for yelling racial slurs and shooting at two black city parish workers.