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Bicyclist Struck and Killed in Lafayette Parish Crash

Nov 05, 2022 12:32PM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.

(Lafayette Parish) In a statement released by the Louisiana State Police Troop I, shortly after 11:00 p.m., 11/04/2022, their office was notified of a crash involving a bicyclist that occurred on Louisiana Highway 94 near Longbridge Road in Lafayette Parish. The crash claimed the life of Paul Gerald Mouton (67), of Lafayette.                            

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that Mouton was riding his bicycle east on LA 94. At the same time, a Blue vehicle was traveling east on LA 94 and struck the bicycle. After the collision, Mouton was ejected from the bicycle. Troopers determined the bicycle was not equipped with a rear light or reflector and Mouton was wearing dark clothing.     

Mouton sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Blue vehicle was properly restrained and was not injured. She did submit a blood sample and showed no signs of impairment. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State University's Center for Analytics and Research reports there were 638 bicycles involved in crashes and 532 people were injured or killed in Louisiana in 2021. Louisiana law requires bicycles to be equipped with brakes, lights (at night) white on front and red on rear, *Reflectors rear and side, *Audible warning device (no siren or whistle).

According to TFC Thomas Gossen, PAO, Troop I, has investigated 49 fatal crashes resulting in 55 deaths in 2022.