RACELAND, LA (WVUE) - A 13-year-old girl riding her bike in Raceland was killed Tuesday after crashing into the back of a dump truck, according to Louisiana State Police.
Shortly before 1 p.m., troopers from Troop C began investigating the fatality crash LA 182 just west of LA 1 that took the life of Autumn Fuller.
The preliminary showed that Fuller was traveling east on the westbound shoulder of LA 182 while 56-year-old Randy Reulet was traveling east. For unknown reasons, Fuller tried to cross both lanes of LA 182 and struck the rear of Reulet's vehicle. She sustained fatal injuries as a result of the impact and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office.
Reulet was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.
Alcohol and drug involvement is not suspected as a factor in the crash; however, standard toxicology reports are pending for Fuller. Reulet submitted to a breath test which showed no alcohol present.
Troopers remind bicyclists to never assume that a motorist can see them. Simple precautions such as wearing an approved bicycle helmet, reflective materials, and avoiding distractions are key to preventing crashes and avoiding injuries. Louisiana law requires bicyclists to remain as close to the right of side of the roadway as possible and obey all traffic laws.