Most Louisiana drivers do the best they can to follow the rules of the road and remain vigilant while driving. After all, no one wants to have an accident, but when accidents do happen, most people are responsible enough to stop. However, that wasn’t the case with a recent hit-and-run car wreck that killed a man on a bicycle.
Louisiana State Police are trying to find the driver of a Mazda 626 that they believe struck the bicycle rider. Authorities say that the wreck occurred when the Mazda collided with the right front corner of the bicycle, knocking the man off. The bicycle rider was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Mazda was found abandoned in a parking lot not far from the scene of the accident. The State Police Crime Lab is collecting evidence from the vehicle in an attempt to identify its driver. Meanwhile, investigators are piecing together the accident. State Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.
While the authorities do what they can to find the driver of the Mazda that was involved in this fatal car wreck, the bicycle rider’s family is left to deal with both his loss and uncertainty about what happened. When authorities find the driver of the Mazda, that driver will most likely be subject to criminal charges. What those charges will be is unknown at this time. In addition to criminal charges, the victim’s family retains the right to sue for wrongful death against any party whose negligence is deemed to have caused the fatality. Sadly, any attempt to prove the driver was negligent will not change what occurred, but a successful claim may provide the family with some sense of justice and restitution for monetary damages sustained.