Sheriff’s Deputy killed in motorcycle accident in Geismar


Update as of (04/22):

The investigation into the motorcycle crash that killed East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy John DePedro is ongoing. 

If you have any information about this fatal crash, please call LSP Troop A at 225-754-8500.

Update as of 7:55 p.m.

After an initial investigation LSP revealed that the crash occurred as Depedro was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 30 on a 2017 Harley Davidson Roadster. For reasons still under investigation, Depedro attempted to pass a vehicle in a no passing zone. The Harley Davidson struck a raised speed hump in the center turn lane/gore area, which resulted in Depedro being ejected from his motorcycle. The motorcycle then continued to travel until it struck a northbound 2000 Toyota Tacoma.

Despite the fact that he was wearing a DOT approved helmet, Depedro sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Ascension, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Tacoma was not injured in the accident.

Update as of 5:54 p.m.

We now know the name of the person killed in today’s motorcycle accident.

Officials have name East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy John DePedro as the victim.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux released a statement about the untimely death.

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that Deputy John DePedro of our SCAT division was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident while off duty today.

I am grateful for the almost 11 years of service John gave us. He served at the prison for eight years and has been with our SCAT division for the past three. He was a dedicated public servant and will be greatly missed.

My heart breaks for his wife Dawn and two children, and all of those that loved him. I am grateful that in celebrating Easter this weekend, we are reminded of God’s promise that we will see those we love again someday. Please remember John’s family in your prayers. We will let you all know as soon as arrangements are made.

No other details regarding the incident have been made public as of this time.


For the third time within the last two weeks someone has died as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Louisiana State Police has confirmed a fatal accident on Highway 30 in Geismar.

Details are limited but here’s what we know. The wreck happened after 1 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 73.

No further details about the incident are available at this time. We’ll keep you updated on air and online as details are made available.

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