BR motorcycle rider dies in Thursday crash in Lafourche

A 54-year-old Baton Rouge motorcycle rider died Thursday afternoon in Lafourche Parish after his motorcycle was rear-ended by a pickup, fatally trapping the man between the motorcycle and the truck in a raging fire.

The motorcyclist, Thomas Grems, was pronounced dead on the scene, just north of Thibodaux on La. 308 in Lafourche Parish, by the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office, Trooper First Class Evan Harrell, a State Police spokesman, said in a news release.

Grems was stopped on a motorcycle about 4 p.m. Thursday behind a Honda Accord because of traffic congestion when a Ford F-150 pickup failed to stop and slammed into the motorcycle, Harrell said.

The impact caused the motorcycle to strike the Honda and force the sedan off the highway. It also caused the motorcycle to catch fire, Harrell said.

“Grems, who was trapped between the motorcycle and the (truck), was unable to escape and perished in the flames,” Harrell said.

The driver of the truck, Joseph Elfert, 87, of Labadieville, who was wearing a seat belt during the crash, did not suffer any injuries. Troopers do not suspect alcohol as a factor in the crash, Harrell said, but other charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

The driver of the Honda, Shelbi Faucheux, 21, of Napoleonville, who was wearing a seat belt during the crash, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Harrell said.