HOUMA, La. — Kate Bergeron knew that her husband took great pride in his role as a motorcycle officer, especially during Carnival season.
She also begged him each year to stop.
“I was always afraid it would take his life,” she said.
That fear became reality Sunday morning when Terrebonne sheriff’s Capt. Timothy Bergeron was hit and killed while escorting a Mardi Gras float to take part in the Krewe of Titans parade.
Bergeron, 49, a deputy for 26 years, served under four different Terrebonne Parish sheriffs. Bergeron, other deputies and Houma Police officers were escorting Titans floats on La. 311 at 7:08 a.m., State Police said. Bergeron was driving his department-owned 2009 Harley Davidson, emergency lights activated, north in the southbound lane as the convoy approached Krumbhaar Drive, near Polk Street, police said.
Shelly K. Ordoyne, 36, of Raceland, behind the wheel of a 2002 Lincoln Continental, was waiting to turn left onto La. 311 from Krumbhaar. Shelly Ordoyne spotted Bergeron when she was three-quarters into the turn and steered right to avoid him, said State Police Troop C spokesman Bryan Zeringue. Bergeron also tried to avoid the wreck by braking hard and laying the motorcycle onto the pavement. The two collided in spite of both drivers’ efforts, Zeringue said.
Rescuers worked frantically to save Bergeron’s life, but he was pronounced dead at Terrebonne General Medical Center.
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