Bicyclist Dies from Injuries in Assumption Parish Crash
Labadieville – Shortly before 7:00 pm last night, Troop C was notified of a fatality crash involving a bicycle and two vehicles on LA 308 near LA 1011 in Labadieville. The crash took the life of 42 year old Eugene Russell Jr. of Labadieville.
The preliminary investigation revealed Russell was riding a Boardwalk bicycle north in the northbound lane of LA 308. A 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by 35 year old Lacy Dempster of Thibodaux, approached Russell from the behind while also traveling north on LA 308. Russell steered to the left to cross into the southbound lane causing Dempster to brake and swerve in an attempt to avoid him. Dempster was unsuccessful and struck Russell, ejecting him from his bicycle. Russell came to rest in the southbound lane of LA 308 and was struck by a 2018 Ford F-150 being driven southbound by 61 year old Vincent Saragusa of Houma. Russell was pronounced deceased on scene by the Assumption Parish Coroner’s Office. Dempster and Russell were restrained at the time of the crash and were not injured.
Impairment is unknown on the part of Russell and a standard toxicology report is pending through the West Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office. Dempster and Saragusa gave breath samples which showed no alcohol present.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind bicyclists to never assume that a motorist can see you. Simple precautions such as wearing an approved bicycle helmet, reflective materials, and avoiding distractions are key to preventing crashes and avoiding injuries. Louisiana law requires bicyclists to remain as close to the right of side of the roadway as possible and obey all traffic laws.