Suspect arrested in July 7 hit-and-run bicyclist death _lowres

Fitzpatrick F. Doucette

Trial for a Kaplan man accused in a 2014 hit-and-run crash near Milton that killed a Youngsville bicyclist has been postponed until June 20.

Fitzpatrick Doucette, 43, was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in the death of 30-year-old Lon Lomas, who drowned in a water-filled ditch after a car crashed into him and his bicycle on the morning of July 7, 2014.

Doucette’s trial date was continued so investigators may recreate the crash scene, said 15th Judicial First Assistant District Attorney Danny Landry, who’s prosecuting the case.

In the bill of information charging Doucette with counts of negligent homicide and hit-and-run with death, the District Attorney’s Office says Doucette failed to stop and give an injured Lomas aid and assistance after the crash.

State Police arrested Doucette two weeks after the crash, noting severe damage to the windshield of his 1997 Lincoln.

Doucette also faces charges of driving with a suspended license and improperly passing a bicycle.

If convicted of the hit-and-run with death charge, Doucette faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

He also faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000 if convicted on the negligent homicide charge.