UPDATED: 8:38 a.m.
A man involved in a hit and run crash Wednesday night was arrested after he was accused of driving drunk and hitting a man on a bicycle who later died from his injuries, according to a Louisiana State Police news release.
The fatal hit and run occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on La. 946 west of La. 37 in East Baton Rouge Parish, the release says.
With the help of a witness, troopers and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies found the suspect’s vehicle and arrested the driver shortly after the crash occurred.
According to the release, 60-year-old Floyd Jones of Baton Rouge was riding a bicycle west on La. 946 in the outside eastbound lane, against traffic, when he was struck by a vehicle traveling the opposite direction.
Jones was thrown off his bicycle and sustained life-threatening injuries, the release says.
He was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center where he later died, the release says.
Immediately following the crash, the vehicle continued east on La. 946 to La. 37, the release says.
A witness followed the vehicle in the crash back to a home on Linstrom Drive and gave the address and the vehicle license plate to troopers, the release says.
Deputies went to the address and secured the vehicle and suspected driver until troopers arrived, the release says.
Troopers collected physical evidence at the scene and from the vehicle, a 2006 Ford F-150.
Troopers arrested the driver of the pickup, 49-year-old Joe Dabney and booked him with DWI, felony hit and run, and vehicular negligent injuring, the release says.
After Jones later died, troopers amended the charge of vehicular negligent injuring to vehicular homicide, the release says.
Dabney provided a breath sample to troopers which showed that he had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit, the release says.
Troopers also suspect Jones was impaired, the release says.
A sample of his blood has been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.