A 50-year-old Lafayette woman died in a Tuesday night fatal crash involving a bicycle and a vehicle on the Interstate 49 frontage road north of Grand Coteau, State Police said in a news release.
Roxanne Richard was riding a Schwinn bicycle south on the frontage road when 46-year-old Glaston Alexander Jr., of Breaux Bridge, struck her from behind in a 1993 Chevrolet truck, the release said.
Alexander was riding next to another bicycle near the center line, the release said.
Richard was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.
State Police remind all cyclists that all bicycles are required to have a lamp mounted on the rear that emits either a flashing or steady red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear, the release said.
State law also requires the bicycle to be equipped with a light mounted on the front that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front, the release said.
The lights are required to be on between sunset and sunrise, and times of inclement weather, the release said.
Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway is also required to ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, the release said.