A Sulphur man was struck and killed while riding a bicycle on U.S. 90 west of Sulphur, said the Louisiana State Police Troop D.

Officers responded to the scene of the two-vehicle crash on Monday, April 9, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 90 near Choupique Road, west of Sulphur, said a media release. "The preliminary investigation revealed 34-year-old James Brooks of Sulphur was traveling east on a bicycle, in the middle of the eastbound lane of travel, when he was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by 45-year-old Thomas LeDoux of Sulphur. At the time of the crash, Brooks did not have proper lighting on his bicycle and was wearing dark-colored clothing."

Sadly, Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene by the Coroner's Office, and LeDoux was not injured and was not charged in the crash. As investigators wait for the results of routine toxicology samples obtained from both drivers, the crash remains under investigation.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, bicyclist deaths occur most often between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Louisiana state law requires every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway to ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible. Additionally, state law requires bicycles to be equipped with reflectors as well as front and rear lights and for bicyclists to use these lights between sunset and sunrise.

In 2018, Troop D has investigated 7 fatal crashes resulting in 7 deaths. - LSP Troop D

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