Rider injured when motorcycle hits the ditch


A Sunday evening crash on La. Hwy. 494 left a motorcyclist severely injured according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

About 7:45 p.m., patrol deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Fire District #5 responded to 911 reports of a motorcycle crash with injuries north of Natchez Richard Lingerfelt, 49, of Rustique Brick, Colombia was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling east when he left the road in a curve.

The motorcycle ran in a ditch and struck a concrete culvert before going airborne. Lingerfelt was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. He was listed in stable condition Monday in ICU awaiting surgery.

Lingerfelt was wearing a helmet. The crash is being investigated by Troop E.