Lacombe, LA – Bicyclist Fatally Struck by DUI Near N. Tranquility Rd
Lacombe, LA (July 25, 2021) – On Saturday, July 24th, at about 8:15 p.m., Louisiana State Police were called to investigate a fatal crash involving a bicycle rider on US 190 in the area of North Tranquility Road in St. Tammany Parish.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending proper notification of next of kin.
Their investigation determined that a bicyclist was riding westbound along US 190 when a 2021 Kia K5, driven by Andre Damiens III of Lacombe, was driving westbound. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the Kia K5 hit the person on the bicycle. After striking the bicyclist, Damiens fled the scene.
Troopers were able to identify Damiens as the hit-and-run driver during the course of their investigation.
The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene.
As part of their investigation, a toxicology sample was collected from the deceased for laboratory analysis.
After troopers located Damiens, he was arrested and transported to a nearby facility where he was made to provide a breath sample that tested well over the legal limit. Following the breath test, Troopers booked Damiens into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for violating LRS 14:32.1 Vehicular Homicide, LRS 14:100 Hit and Run, and LRS 32:58 Careless Operation.
This crash remains under investigation.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Fatal Bicycle Accidents in Lacombe
Bicyclists are two times more likely to sustain deadly injuries after being involved in a traffic collision than a vehicle occupant. Those who survive are forced to contend with a very costly and labor-intensive road to recovery.
Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Smiley Law Firm genuinely care about the health and welfare of our clients. When victims are harmed in accidents through no fault of their own, we work diligently to ensure they see justice, economic recovery, and their wrongdoers are brought to account.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, in one recent year, nearly 129,000 people nationwide needed emergency room treatment and additional medical care for bicycle accident-related injuries. Moreover, 5,376 of those 129,000 eventually died due to their injuries.
When bicyclists are injured in car accidents because of the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, they need to reach out to a New Orleans bicycle accident attorney as quickly as possible.
Research has found that having more riders on the road typically engenders more protected cycling conditions. In actuality, the percentage of deadly bicycle crashes is significantly lower in areas that have higher volumes of bicycle riders. This is due in part to the resident’s increased awareness of bicycle riders sharing the roadway.
Our bicycle accident attorneys in Louisiana work diligently to ensure they are able to maximize their recoveries and get the justice they deserve. If your loved one has lost their life as a result of a car accident, reach out to our personal injury attorneys in Louisiana at your earliest convenience. By calling our team at 504-688-3494 or 504-822-2222, we can schedule a free case evaluation at your earliest convenience to explore the legal options available to you.
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