UPDATE: 45-year-old Paul Anthony Provost of New Iberia has been identified by his family as the bicyclist who died.


A bicyclist described as a Hispanic male, presumed to be in his early 30's, is now dead following an early morning crash on Friday.

State Police say it happened around 1:00 a.m. on LA Hwy 14, about 2 miles west of US Hwy 90 and near LA Hwy 676 in Iberia Parish. Louisiana State Police spokesman Trooper Thomas Gossen says the bicyclist was traveling westbound in the center of the outside travel lane of LA 14. At the same time, an SUV traveling westbound in the same lane on LA Hwy 14 approached the bicycle from the rear but was unable to avoid him, hitting him from behind. Trooper Gossen says the bike did not have any lights on the front or the rear.

The driver was properly restrained and a breath sample showed her to be clear of alcohol in her system. She suffered no injuries.

Toxicology results are pending on the unidentified driver. Anyone with information on him is urged to call LSP Troop I at 337-262-5880. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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