LAFAYETTE — A Kaplan man was charged this week in the July death of bicyclist Lon Lomas, who was killed as he peddled along La. 92 near Mermentau Road, officials said.
Fitzpatrick Francois Doucette has been charged in a bill of information with one count each of negligent homicide, felony hit and run, and two traffic violations, Mike Harson, district attorney for the 15th Judicial district, said Wednesday.
Lomas, 30, was riding in the early morning of July 7 when Doucette allegedly hit him from behind. State Police said they responded to a 7:03 a.m. report of a bicyclist in a water-filled ditch on the side of the road.
In the bill of information, the District Attorney’s Office said Doucette failed to stop and give an injured Lomas aid and assistance. Lomas was injured and needed help to survive.
Doucette, 42, also faces misdemeanor charges of improperly passing a bicyclist and driving with a suspended or canceled driver’s license.
If convicted of the negligent homicide charge, Doucette faces up to five years in prison. On the hit and run charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison.