Vehicle seized in fatal hit-and-run of bicyclist

Published 10:59 am Friday, June 10, 2022

Louisiana State Police have impounded a vehicle believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run run that killed a bicyclist Monday in rural Jeff Davis Parish.

Trooper First Class Derek Senegal said Friday troopers seized a small white SUV from a residence in Lake Arthur. The vehicle will be examined to see if it was the vehicle that hit and killed 73-year-old Jerry W. Hughes of Welsh.

As of Friday, Senegal said the case remains under investigation and no arrest has been made.

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“The vehicle was towed back to the office and looked at on the forensic side,” Senegal said. “That information has now been submitted to the crime lab and we are waiting on results to come back to present the case to the District Attorney’s Office.”

It is unknown how long the results will take, Senegal said stressing this is not the only case being investigated around the state.

“There is a lot of leg work to do in this case, as with any case,” he said. “Nothing is black and white anymore. We have to do everything according to the letter of the law. If we don’t do something correctly, everything can get thrown out. We want to make sure we have all our facts.”

The owner of the vehicle has been questioned along with witnesses, he said.

Investigators say Hughes was traveling east on La. 1126, just west of Farm Supply Road, about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The vehicle was also traveling east and hit the cyclist from behind and fled the scene.

Hughes suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after the accident, State Police said they were looking for a small white SUV with damage to the hood area and heavy damage to the windshield. The description was obtained from a witness who saw the vehicle leaving the area with extensive damage to the hood and windshield, Senegal said.