State Police arrested a 32-year-old Amite man in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Hammond on Tuesday morning.
Brandon Fowler was arrested in the wreck that killed Anand Singh Asi.
Asi, 30, was riding a Cannondale Quick CX bicycle south on Morris Road shortly before 6 a.m. when Fowler’s truck struck the bicycle from behind, Trooper 1st Class Dustin Dwight said in a news release.
Witnesses to the crash said the truck fled south on Morris Road toward U.S. 190. A description of the truck, a GMC 25600 pickup, obtained from witnesses to the incident, helped troopers locate the truck and identify Fowler as the driver, Dwight said. He said Tuesday morning the truck drove south on Morris Road shortly after hitting the bicycle.
A picture of the white pickup released by State Police show the passenger side headlight was destroyed in the crash, and the front fender and bumper are dented.
Fowler was arrested about 3 p.m. on counts of felony hit-and-run and illegal passing of a bicycle, Dwight said.
State law requires passing vehicles to allow a minimum of 3 feet when passing a bicycle traveling in the same direction.
Asi was wearing an approved helmet, and his bicycle was equipped with both front and rear lamps, Dwight said.
Blood samples will be sent to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.