Man arrested following fatal hit-and-run bicycle accident
According to authorities with the Louisiana State Troopers, a 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses following a fatal hit-and-run with a bicyclist. Reportedly, the accident occurred on March 21 around 8:00 p.m. in Terrytown on Louisiana Highway 428 at its intersection with Peter Street.
Troopers reported that the man was driving north on the highway when he struck the bicyclist, killing him. The man that died was a 52-year-old man from Terrytown. After striking the bicyclist, the driver allegedly then continued on. While fleeing the scene, he reportedly crashed into a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The driver of that car and her two passengers were all injured. They were transported to a hospital by emergency medical personnel for treatment of injuries deemed minor and moderate.
The man in the case is believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the accidents. He was taken into custody and is now facing several charges, including vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and three counts of vehicular negligent injuring. There is no word on whether bond has been set in his case or if he remains in custody at this time.
Both those who are injured and the family of people killed in an accident may file civil lawsuits against the at-fault driver. Through a lawsuit, victims may recover damages to compensate them for their losses. Damages may be available for such things as the cost of medical expenses, property losses, lost income from work, loss of companionship and others. A personal injury attorney may be able to help both those who are injured and the family of those who are killed seek and maximize their recovery.
Source: WDSU, “LSP: Bicyclist killed after being struck by suspected drunk driver in Terrytown,” Juan Sanchez, March 22, 2015.