TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Following a fatal hit-and-run crash this morning on LA 443, an investigation has led to the arrest of a 32-year-old Amite man.
Suspect Brandon Fowler faces felony hit and run and illegal passing of a bicycle. Additional charges will be referred to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney's Office for consultation.
The crash took place shortly before 6 a.m. and took the life of 30-year-old Anand Singh Asi of Hammond.
Troopers said Asi was riding a Cannondale Quick CX Bicycle southbound on LA 443 on the right fog line. While traveling southbound, Asi was struck in the rear by a white Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pick-up driven by Fowler. Witnesses said the truck fled the scene southbound on LA 443 toward US 190.
With the assistance of witnesses, the Hammond Police Department, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation, Troopers were able to locate the vehicle and identify Fowler as the driver. Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Fowler was taken into custody.
Asi was wearing an approved helmet and his bicycle was equipped with both front and rear lamps. Despite these safety precautions, he was severely injured and pronounced deceased on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office. As part of the on-going crash investigation, blood samples were obtained and will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Anyone with additional information pertaining to the crash is urged to contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at (985) 893-6250. Troopers want to remind motorists that Louisiana law requires passing vehicles to allow a minimum of three feet when passing a bicycle traveling in the same direction.