Crash claims the life of bicyclist in Ouachita Parish

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Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 2:13 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Authorities say a bicyclist is dead after a crash in Ouachita Parish.

According to Louisiana State Police, it happened around 9:30 p.m. on July 2, 2020, on La. Highway 838 near La. Highway 617.

Police say 66-year-old James Cobb was riding his bicycle east on La. Highway 838 when it was hit from behind by an eastbound vehicle. Cobb sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police say Cobb's bike did not have lamps or any reflective devices. The crash is still under investigation and toxicology tests are being done.

State police add:

Louisiana law states no person shall operate any bicycle on a state highway, parish road, or city street at any time between sunset and sunrise unless such bicycle is equipped with lamps and reflectors. For clarification of bicycle lamps required, please refer to the following link and read Louisiana Revised Statute 32:329.1.

In 2020, Troop F Troopers have investigated 25 fatal crashes resulting in 26 deaths.

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