Three motorcycle accidents  leave three riders injured

State Police are investigating three separate motorcycle crashes Sunday in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes that left all three motorcycle riders with injuries, a State Police spokesman said.

In the lone East Baton Rouge Parish accident, a motorcycle rider crashed shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Liberty Road near Port Hudson-Pride Road, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said.

Michael Harriel, 56, of Ethel, was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson south on Liberty Road when he failed to make it around a curve, ran off the road to the right and struck a bridge railing, Sandifer said.

Harriel suffered life-threatening injuries, Sandifer said.

Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis, Sandifer said.

Another accident happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. on U.S. 61 at Duplessis Road in Ascension Parish, Sandifer said.

Ovilso Romero, 45, of Raleigh, N.C., was driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger north on U.S. 61 when he turned off the highway and headed west on Duplessis Road, Sandifer said.

When Romero turned, his Avenger was struck by a southbound 2006 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Matthew Anders, 25, of Gonzales, Sandifer said.

Anders suffered serious injuries, Sandifer said.

Troopers have submitted toxicology samples from Romero and Anders to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis, Sandifer said.

A second Ascension Parish accident took place shortly before 2:30 p.m. on La. 74, west of La. 73, Sandifer said.

A person driving a 2002 Chrysler minivan west on La. 74 turned off the highway and headed south on Louis White Road, he said.

A 1999 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on La. 74 struck the minivan as it turned, Sandifer said.

The motorcycle driver, Thomas Bates, 49, of Baton Rouge, suffered moderate injuries, he said.

The minivan left the scene, but Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies later found the minivan abandoned after the occupants apparently ran away, Sandifer said.