Police in Shreveport are looking for the vehicle that ran down a bicycle rider. The Louisiana man was riding his bicycle down Southern Avenue on the evening of the hit-and-run car wreck. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Shreveport Crime Stoppers by phone or on their website.
According to police, the attention of witnesses was piqued by the sound of squealing tires coming from the area of the accident. Those witnesses then saw what they believe to be a silver or gray pickup truck speeding away from the scene of the accident. No additional information about the pickup truck such as make or model is available. Police have not been able to locate a vehicle matching this description.
Emergency personnel transported the 71-year-old bicycle rider to an area hospital. Despite the efforts of medical personnel, the Louisiana man died as a result of the injuries he suffered. Police were unable to find any identification on the man and believe he may have been homeless.
Whether the man was homeless doesn’t negate the fact that someone ran him down and then ran away in order to avoid responsibility. Somewhere this man has a family that likely wants answers. The driver of the vehicle that hit him may end up facing both criminal and civil action as a result of this car wreck. This man’s family will be left with costs and damages that they would not have incurred had it not been for the bicycle rider’s untimely death, and the driver may be held responsible for paying them. Proof of negligence could provide the family with some sense of justice on behalf of the victim.