Second cyclist struck by hit-and-run driver in Ascension

Ascension Parish law enforcement authorities on Thursday searched for the second time in three-day span for a hit-and-run driver accused of striking a bicycle rider.

A 26-year-old man riding east on La. 42 received minor injuries Thursday when he was hit by a passing truck, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Authorities discovered a piece of the passenger-side mirror at Thursday’s scene and identified the vehicle as a 2011 white Ford F-150 Lariat.

The La. 42 incident occurred just two days after a 49-year-old Prairieville bicycle rider was struck and killed on La. 44 by a hit-and-run driver of an unknown vehicle.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636, Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867 or Louisiana State Police at (225) 754-8500.