A bicyclist who was killed Friday after being struck by a car in New Orleans East was an Atlanta firefighter training for Sunday's Ironman triathlon. His brother-in-law, who was cycling with him and also struck, is in critical condition.
The deceased was identified as 36-year-old Frank Guinn, a nine-year veteran of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, according to a department news release. He leaves behind a wife and three daughters.
The accident occurred at about 10:15 a.m. on the eastbound side of Chef Menteur Highway. Witnesses on the scene say that three bikers, two men and one woman, were traveling near the Textron Marine facility when a white Chevy Cruze with a male driver rear-ended the two men.
Guinn died at the scene. His 40-year-old brother-in-law was taken to the hospital where he was listed as critical, according to police. The woman was not harmed.
"Sergeant Guinn's brothers and sisters in Atlanta Fire Rescue are devastated at this news," said Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran in the news release. "He was a dedicated professional devoted to his family."
Ironman organizers released the following statement:
"We have learned that a group of cyclists were struck by a car on the Chef Highway. We are deeply saddened to learn that one of our athletes, scheduled to participate in this Sunday's triathlon, has passed - while another is critically injured. Our sympathy and thoughts are with all who have been affected by this tragic event."
This investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.
Fatality Investigator Kevin Thompson is in charge of the investigation