On April 21, 2020, shortly before 5:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on U.S. Hwy 84 near Silas Mercer Road. This crash killed a man from Trout.
The initial investigation revealed a bicycle, ridden by 53-year-old Edward Herron of Trout, was traveling east on U.S. Hwy 84. For reasons still under investigation, an eastbound 2017 Kia Rio, driven by 38-year-old Deya R. Toler of Natchitoches, failed to observe Herron. This resulted in the Kia striking the rear of the bicycle. Herron was ejected from his bicycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind bicyclists to never assume that a motorist can see you. Simple precautions such as wearing an approved bicycle helmet and reflective materials are key to preventing crashes.
Motorists should remain alert at all times and remember the three-foot rule when passing bicycles. Making good choices, while in motor vehicles, such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop E Troopers have investigated 12 fatal crashes in 2020, resulting in 13 fatalities.
S/T Casey Wallace
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 239-0912