THIBODAUX, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana State Police (LSP) are investigating a deadly crash involving a cyclist on LA Highway 308 that happened around 5 a.m. on May 12.
57-year-old Jerome Cooter was riding a bicycle north on LA Hwy 308 with no rear lighting when a 2022 Hyundai Accent approached the back of the bicycle. The state police say that the driver of the Hyundai attempted to avoid a crash by swerving to the left but hit Cooter which caused him to be ejected from the bicycle.
Cooter was hit by a 2007 Ford F-150 and a 2009 Toyota Tacoma that were also traveling north. He was not wearing a safety helmet at the time of the crash. He suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The drivers of the other vehicles were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.
Troopers collected a toxicology sample from Cooter which will be submitted for analysis. The driver of the Hyundai was not suspected of being impaired. The driver provided a voluntary breath sample that showed no alcohol detected.
LSP says Cooper was from Thibodaux, La.