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UPDATE: New Iberia man killed while bicycling

Posted: 11:18 AM, Nov 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-04 12:18:44-05

State Police have released the details about last night’s fatal crash involving a bicyclist.

John Trueblood, 37, died in the accident. Trooper say he was traveling south on La. 31 when he was struck from behind by a 62-year-old New Iberia man driving a pick-up truck.

Police say Trueblood’s bike had one reflector, but no lights.

A toxicology sample was obtained from Trueblood, and the results are pending. The driver of the pick-up wasn’t injured, and impairment on his part was not a factor in the crash; a breath sample found no alcohol in his system.

The crash remains under investigation, troopers

Bicyclists should never assume that motorists can see them, troopers say:

Louisiana Revised Statute  32:329.1  states that bicyclists cannot ride on a state highway, parish road, or city street between sunset and sunrise unless their bicycle is equipped with lamps and reflectors. Furthermore,  LRS 32:197  states that bicyclists should ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable. Troopers would like to remind bicyclists that simple precautions such as using proper lighting, wearing reflective materials, and obeying all traffic laws are key to preventing crashes.