New Orleans firefighter killed, motorcycle hits sign and culvert in Plaquemines Parish


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BRAITHWAITE, Louisiana — Authorities say a New Orleans firefighter died when he lost control of his motorcycle, hit a sign and then struck a culvert.

Trooper Melissa Matey says 25 year-old Corey Smith of New Orleans died from injuries suffered in Sunday afternoon's accident on Louisiana Highway 39 in Plaquemines Parish.

Matey said Smith was traveling at a high rate of speed when he was ejected. Smith was taken to Ochsner Medical Center Westbank where he was pronounced dead.

She says Smith was wearing a helmet.

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