A member of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission was killed Thursday in Galliano after the tractor he was riding was struck by another vehicle, State Police said.
The crash claimed the life of Perry Gisclair, 70, of Cut Off, Senior Trooper Jesse LaGrange said.
Gisclair had served on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission since 2007. He was just elected to another term last year and was serving as secretary.
Investigators learned a 2011 Chevrolet HHR driven by 34-year-old Galliano resident Julien Hebert was traveling around 2 p.m. in the right lane on La. 3235. Gisclair was operating a 2015 Kubota tractor in the right lane when Hebert’s vehicle approached from behind, LaGrange said.
For reasons still under investigation, Hebert didn’t slow down for the tractor and struck it from behind, LaGrange said. Gisclair suffered fatal injuries after the collision threw him from the tractor.
Gisclair was transported to Lady of the Sea Hospital, where he later died, LaGrange said. Hebert, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor to moderate injuries and was also transported to Lady of the Sea Hospital.
The crash remains under investigation, LaGrange said.
Several of Gisclair’s colleagues expressed their grief in the wake of the crash.
“Words can’t begin to express our sadness over the accident that took his life. Mr. Perry was a friend to all and a familiar face in our community. He put others before himself and gave back generously to those he served in his role as Commissioner. Many of us here at the GLPC have known Mr. Perry for a long time. He was a mentor and a man that was supportive of me and my family. His care and concern for others knew no bounds. Life has a way of shaking us to our very core, and this definitely has done that. We will move forward, but will do so with heavy hearts as we try to make our friend and long-serving Commissioner proud,” Port Fourchon Executive Director Chett Chiasson said in a statement today. “Rest well dear friend for your impact on our Port and community will live on forever. We all believe in Santa too!”
Rodney Gisclair, Port Commission vice president, said the community has lost a great man.
“My condolences to his wife and family,” Rodney Gisclair said. “Perry Gisclair will be missed. It was an honor to have served with him on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission the last four years. Besides his work with the port he and his family were always first to give of their time to many local charities and organizations especially his yearly Santa Claus acts of kindness to the kids of his community.”
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