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Bicyclist killed in vehicle crash in Vermillion Parish

Vermilion Parish - Police responded to a vehicle crash involving a bicycle on LA HWY 717 near Ellie Benoit Rd. in Vermilion Parish on Monday evening.

Allen J. Vincent, 60, of Gueydan died in the crash.

Vincent was traveling east in the westbound lanes of travel on LA 717. At the same time, the driver of a 2016 Toyota Tundra was traveling west on LA 717. The driver of the Tundra struck the bicycle head-on in the westbound lane of travel. Upon doing so, Vincent was ejected from the bicycle.

Vincent, who was not wearing an approved helmet, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Tundra, who was properly restrained, was not injured.

The bicycle was equipped with illuminating devices, but it is unknown if the devices were operable at the time of the crash.  A blood sample was obtained from Vincent and the driver of the Tundra and results are pending. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Police released a statement:

Louisiana State Troopers remind bicyclists to never assume that motorists can see you. Illuminating devices and reflectors are required on all bicycles, and it is suggested to wear bright-colored or reflective materials when possible.  Louisiana law requires bicyclists ride in the same direction as other vehicles and not in the opposing lane of travel. By traveling as close to the right of side of the roadway as practicable, wearing a bicycle helmet and reflective clothing, and equipping bicycles with lights and reflectors, bicyclists have a greater chance of not being involved in crashes.


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