Bicyclist Killed by Truck in Livingston Parish
A bicyclist walking his bike on the shoulder of the road was struck and killed by a truck in an early-morning collision in Livingston Parish. An article on the emerging investigation is available here.
About the Incident
According to Louisiana State Police, the victim—a 47-year-old man from Amite—was walking his bike on the shoulder of LA-16 North. Investigators say the man rested his bicycle on the shoulder and walked into the northbound lane. He was then hit by a 2012 Mack Truck driven by a 64-year-old Greensburg resident.
The accident occurred just north of LA Highway 63. The victim suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The driver of the truck—who was wearing his seat belt at the time—was not injured.
An additional news source indicates the truck driver submitted to a chemical breath test which returned no evidence of impairment. It is unknown if the victim was impaired at the time of the accident. The Livingston Parish Coroner intends to perform both an autopsy and a full toxicology analysis on his remains.
Investigators with the Louisiana State Police say the victim was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time, and was walking in an area without any streetlights present.
Unfortunately, statistics tell us nearly 45,000 bicyclists are injured every year in the United States. Many of these accidents prove fatal and claim an estimated 800 lives annually. In response to this trend, activists in some cities have proposed changes to infrastructure to improve bicyclist safety—including protected bike lanes where a physical barrier separates lanes from automobile traffic.
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June 24th, 2019