A man from Belle Chasse was arrested following a crash that claimed the life of a bicyclist on LA 428 Saturday night, according to Louisiana State Police.
Shortly after 8:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop B was called to investigate a fatal crash on LA 428 at Peter Street, police said.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Chevrolet pick-up truck, driven by 34 year-old Jason Dejean of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, was traveling north on LA 428 straddling the left and center turn lanes. Bicyclist Bernard Jones of Terrytown, Louisiana was traveling south in the center turn lane and was hit by the Chevrolet.
Jones was ejected from his bike and died on the scene.
The Chevrolet then continued north on LA 428 and hit a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, driven by 23 year-old Vanessa Carbijal-Miranda of Gretna, Louisiana, police said. Miranda and two passengers were transported to Ochsner West Jefferson Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
Blood was taken from Dejean after police suspected impairment, and a toxicological analysis will be performed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Dejean was arrested and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on charges of DWI, Vehicular Homicide and three counts of Vehicular Negligent Injuring.
Impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana, according to Louisiana State Troopers. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same.
Police say troopers will continue to work vigilantly in an effort to actively enforce Louisiana’s DWI laws.