Last Modified: Monday, July 16, 2012 1:05 PM
An early Saturday accident on Nelson Road involving a pickup truck and bicycle resulted in the death of the cyclist.
According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, a pickup truck driven by Casey Richter, 25, of Prairieville struck Mario Beltran, 52, of Baton Rouge in the 7800 block of Nelson Road. The accident happened at about 5:05 a.m.
Beltran was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.
CPSO spokesman Kim Myers said both were southbound on a two-lane section of Nelson Road near the Lincoln Road intersection. It was dark at the time of the accident. Myers said the road was not wet.
Both Beltran and Richter were living in Lake Charles at the time of the accident.
Richter was given a standard field sobriety test, interviewed by investigators and later released, a sheriff’s office news release said. Charges are pending the completion of the investigation.
A standard toxicololgy report was performed on Richter, but investigators said driver impairment does not appear to be a factor in the accident.
CPSO Cpl. Luke Pierrotti is the lead investigator in this case.
The death is the second in the past three years involving a bicycle-vehicle accident.
In 2009, 14-year-old Maegan Stanley of Sulphur died after being struck by a car while riding her bicycle near the 1700 block of South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.
That same year, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the “Colin Goodier Protection Act,” a law named after a New Orleans native and Baton Rouge physician who was killed while riding his bicycle on River Road in Iberville Parish.
The law requires a vehicle be a minimum of three feet away from a bicyclist while passing and makes it a violation for anyone in a vehicle to “harass, taunt or maliciously throw objects at or in the direction of any person riding on a bicycle.” Violators could be sent to jail for up to 30 days or fined a minimum of $200.
Posted By: Felix On: 8/19/2012
Title: Huge Loss to Lake Charles
There is absolutely a catastrophic loss for Lake Charles. Those that knew Dr. Beltran understand that not only did he leave a family with young children...he was such a great doctor. Dr. Beltran had excellent bedside manners and Had a knack for explaining ailments in laymans terms. Dr. Beltran was a very smart man and a serious rider. He always had proper gear on when riding. Mario will be missed greatly. Thanks so much Mario for all you did.
Posted By: Pam Chaney On: 7/28/2012
Title: Touched our lives!
I am happy and proud to say that I knew Dr. Beltran as both a professional MD at Ochsner Medical Center in BR and as a friend. He was amazing in both capacities. We missed him terribly when he left us to move on to another position at another facility, but knew that he would be blessing others. We are all heartbroken to hear about this great loss to his community, family and friends. He loved his family and would brag on them often. My love and prayers will always be with you.
Posted By: Linda On: 7/25/2012
Title: Shocking News
I was out of town when this happens. Dr Beltran was an awesome doctor. He took the rime to explain what a patient with questions needed to know. He was my doctor for a couple of extended stays in Women and Childrens. I have his family and friends in my prayers. I am so sorry for the loss of Dr Beltran he will be missed by all. If he touched your life you will not forget him.
Posted By: Melissa Stanley On: 7/24/2012
Maegan Stanley was my daughter.and my heart goes out to u.My prayers are with you all.
Posted By: FERNANDO VASQUEZ MD On: 7/18/2012
Title: Una muy triste noticia
MARIO, estudio con nosotros en la Unievrsidad Cayetano Heredia en Lima, Peru. Buen estudiante y mejor amigo, un poco loco y extrovertido pero siempre dispuesto a ser solidario con los demas, estudioso y siempre buscando lo mejor para el grupo.
Aca en Peru, la noticia ha caido como un terremoto. Si bien Mario no venia con frecuencia, siempre era recordado, y sabiamos que estaba bien en Louisiana.
Que su familia siempre este protegida y pueda superar este pesimo momento y salir adelante.
Posted By: Christine On: 7/18/2012
Title: a tragety
Dr. Mario Beltram will be missed, I have multiple heath conditions, and have been treated several times by, Dr. Beltram, he was not only an excellent physician, he was an awesome friend, my prayers are with his, friends and family today, and always may God be with them. I am happy to have met such a caring Dr. one who really cared for his patients.
Posted By: Rebecca On: 7/17/2012
Not only does my heart go out to the Beltran family, it also goes out to the driver. It was an unfortunate, tragic, accident. I pray that Casey can find some peace through it all. I can not begin to imagine his grief.
Posted By: Sharon V On: 7/16/2012
I had the opportunity to work for Dr. Beltran while he was @ Moss Bluff Internal Medicine. My heartfelt prayers goes out to his children and family.
Posted By: Cherlyn On: 7/15/2012
I was heartbroken when I read the news about Dr.Mario Beltran. I had the opportunity to meet him this past December when I was admitted into Women and Children hospital in grave condition. He was the physician that saved my life. I knew he was a God send and I will always be greatful for that. Dr. Mario Beltran - Gone But Not Forgotten!!!!!!
Posted By: Renee On: 7/15/2012
Title: Terrible news
Dr. Mario Beltran will be missed. Prayers going out to all the families involved.
Posted By: Kim On: 7/15/2012
Good bye old neighbor. You will be missed. God bless your family.
Posted By: Wayne On: 7/14/2012
Title: A Tragedy
Goodbye, Mario. You will be remembered & missed by your friends & neighbors here at River Oaks.