The man accused in a hit-and-run that killed 30-year-old Youngsville cyclist Lon Lomas is out of jail on bond — a bond the victim’s family says was set far too low.
Troopers arrested Fitzpatrick Doucette, 42, of Kaplan, Sunday night on charges of negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, driving under suspension and failure to follow state laws on passing bicycles.
He was released from the Lafayette Parish Jail on Tuesday night on a $10,000 bond.
Lomas was killed July 7 as he was riding his bicycle along La. 92 near Mermentau Road. His body was found in a ditch.
Lomas’ father, Anthony, and Lomas’ uncle, Mike Deriso, said they want answers as to why Doucet was able to bond out of jail, especially knowing now that the cause of death for Lomas was drowning, according to the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office.
“He may have been saved had the driver stopped to investigate what he hit,” Deriso said. “Why he didn’t do it is beyond me. Fear? But my best guess is that he was driving under suspension when he left the house. He was breaking the law when he left home.”
Troopers said the incident happened sometime before 7 a.m., but they could not confirm if it was still dark when Lomas was hit.
“Shortly after the crash, troopers received information from Kaplan police that a male subject arrived at their police department with a damaged vehicle,” State Police Master Trooper Brooks David said.
David said it was still morning when Doucette went to the Kaplan station. But it is unclear whether Doucette realized he actually hit a cyclist.
David said Doucette didn’t mention any specifics about what he hit, just that he hit something. Investigators took possession of Doucette’s vehicle the morning of the crash but let him go back home.
“Lon was a very fun-loving, honest person,” Anthony Lomas said. “I just hope that he gets his justice.”