State Police: Man not impaired in accident

A 29-year-old St. Amant man was not intoxicated when he was killed in an Aug. 2 motorcycle crash on La. 22 in Livingston Parish as State Police originally suspected, a state police spokesman said Monday.

State Police originally said after Michael A. Skinner’s death that he may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. However, a toxicology test from the State Police Crime Lab later showed Skinner was not impaired, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said in a news release Monday.

State Police also originally said Skinner was not wearing a helmet, but Sandifer said Monday that surveillance footage showed he was wearing a helmet.

Skinner was riding a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle south on La. 22 south of La. 16 when he attempted to pass a 2006 Saturn Vue making a turn left off La. 22, State Police have said.

Skinner attempted his pass in a no-passing zone. He hit the driver’s side of the Saturn and was thrown from his motorcycle.

The driver of the Saturn, Ashley Petho, 19, of Maurepas, was properly restrained and suffered only minor injuries in the crash, State Police said.