Dutchtown High student killed in Ascension Parish bicycle accident; 26-year-old arrested _lowres

Joshua Ashford

Update, 12:35 p.m.

Counselors are at Dutchtown High School today to help students and staff members cope with the death of student Brennan Rube, 14, who was riding his bike when he was struck and killed Wednesday night.

“There is nothing more tragic than the life of a young person cut short. Our hearts go out to the Rube family and Brennan’s friends,” schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol said in a statement Thursday morning.

Rube was killed Wednesday evening in a crash on La. 73 in Ascension Parish, a Louisiana State Police spokesman said. The driver of the pickup truck, Joshua Ashford, who hit the teen, was booked into Ascension Parish Jail with speeding and negligent homicide. Bail was set at $25,000 and Ashford bonded out of jail Wednesday night, according to a staff person at the jail.

The crash occurred around 6 p.m. between US 61 and La. 42, said Trooper First Class Bryan Lee, a State Police spokesperson.

Police gave this account of the accident:

Rube was traveling southbound on La. 73 on his bicycle. At the same time, 26-year-old Ashford of Gonzales was traveling southbound on La. 73 in a 2000 Dodge truck. As Ashford approached Rube from behind, the right front side of his vehicle struck Rube and ejected him from his bicycle.

Rube was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. Ashford was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. A toxicology sample will be taken from Rube and Ashford for analysis.

At the time of the crash, Rube was not wearing a helmet and he did not have the required white light on the front of his bicycle and red light in the rear, police said. Rube was also wearing dark colored clothing.

Troopers determined that Ashford was traveling in excess of the posted 45 mph speed limit.